Gratitude: Being Thankful for Those Things Taken For Granted

As Thanksgiving approaches, I, like many of you, start to think about all those things for which I am grateful. I won’t bore you with all the obvious ones: loving husband, fantastic friends, wonderful parents and family, my beloved coonhound, a roof over my head, good health. Yes, yes, they are on my list and not forgotten or taken for granted. But, I wanted to share a list of all the little things that make my life more pleasurable or tolerable that probably are taken for granted by me most of the time.

This list is not in any particular order:

1) Gmail. It makes my multiple email accounts easy to manage. AND when I write the phrase “attached is” and forget to attach something, it reminds me to attach the forgotten item. Love it.

2) Pumpkins. Really all the squashes rate high with me. Squishy, buttery, spicy…yum.

3) NPR. Anyone who loves it knows how often they are caught in “driveway moments.” It also allows me to sounds halfway intelligible about current events.

4) Chris Brown and the Black Eyed Peas. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m really more of a “folksy bluesy chick music loving kind of gal” but these two artists always know how to get my booty shakin’ at just the right moment.

5) Pandora. I discover all kinds of artists and it has the magical way of knowing just what I’d like to hear. It’s genius.

6) Okay, I never take this for granted but thought it was worth mentioning. There are some pieces of violin or fiddle music that are so achingly beautiful to me that I am transcended for a few moments into some other realm. So much so I wonder if I was a violinist in another life.

7) Crisp, sweet apples. I’m eating one now and it’s delicious!

8) Really great writers. I read a lot so when I read something that is written poorly (particularly dialogue) or when the author states the obvious, I want to throw the book across the room. I’m not saying I’m a great writer, but dang it, if you can get something published to be sold to the masses, you should not be able to get away with writing that makes people want to gag. Such as, “She had raven hair…an olive tan she didn’t have to work for and an athletic long legged frame that caused…men to ogle her inappropriately like this creep was now.” (Morrison, B. (2010). The Ark. Simon & Schuster, New York.) Gag.

9) Toodledo.com. This is now my electronic task master. It pleases me to be able to do a mind dump for multiple tasks that I can easily organize into various categories and pleases me even more to check them off!

10) Being finished with this blog post. There’s something to be said for just shutting up.

By the way, I wasn’t in the best mood before starting this blog but now I feel much better. This gratitude stuff really works! Try it. What are you grateful for?

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