Gratitude


Yesterday wrapped up my thirty days of gratitude project. A “grateful journal”, if you will.

This has been an interesting and reflective exercise. And although my exercise of gratitude is over, I hope to keep things to be grateful for in my focus every day.

I drove past a church yesterday that challenged me with the question:

What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you had given thanks for today?

This list of things to be thankful for only skims the surface. But I would be a pretty happy person if I woke up with only these things left. At a glance here they are — the thirty things I am grateful for this past month.

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1. Reconnecting with old friends
2. My cozy home
3. The sun on my face
4. My sister
5. Our Corgi, Dylan
6. Adventures of travel
7. A husband who cooks
8. Facebook
9. The Spa
10. Clean Water
11. Really smart people
12. My yoga practice
13. Technology
14. Loving parents
15. Sleep
16. Photos
17. Books
18. People who do self-less things
19. Electricity
20. Music
21. The journey
22. Neighbors
23. Good health
24. The capacity to learn
25. Love
26. My career
27. Living in interesting times
28. Friends
29. Food
30. The internet

If you haven’t yet really contemplated the things to be grateful for in your own life, I encourage you to give it a try. And, in doing so, I am hoping we can all concentrate more on the good things going on all around us!

Does it age me to say that I’m grateful for the internet? What an amazing change from slow dial up connections, to the ever-on broadband connections, to widely available wi-fi, and take-it-with-you 3G. It has dramatically changed our lives along the way. Information is enormously more accessible to all of us, and our connections with others, stronger. And without it, I would not be giving thanks via my blog!

The Internet: A Decade Later

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I’m thankful for food on so many levels…

Most importantly, I’m thankful that we have access to so much healthy food and that we never go to bed hungry.

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I’m thankful for farmers who work every day to provide us food. A job that I would fail miserably at, and often goes unappreciated.

I’m also grateful for the wonderful taste sensations that I experience on a regular basis. Our exposure to a wide variety food, and a broad range of cooking techniques make for very interesting meals. Thank you, Julia Child, Food Network, Bon Appetit Magazine, and a slew of terrific food bloggers* for teaching and inspiring us!

Bon appetit!

*Just a few of my favorite foodie bloggers: Love and Olive Oil, Table for Two, My French Kitchen, La Buena Vida, and La Tartine Gourmande

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Recently moving out of state has made me more thankful than ever for friends. Both my “old” friends, and the “new” ones that I am making now. Both precious.

I doubt anyone would contest the importance of friendship. It is crucial for our wellbeing. It’s effects have been documented for health benefits — from depression and obesity, to happiness in general and being engaged with your work.

If you want to read some of the findings about the importance of friendship, look at the study of friendship that author Tom Rath conducted and talks about in his book, Vital Friends: The People You Can’t Afford To Live Without. Or visit the Mayo Clinic for their perspective.

But, in the meantime, be grateful for friends…

I love that I live when I do. I crave the innovation that surrounds us. And the technology that changes how we live and function on a constant basis. I can’t imagine a more exciting time to be living.

Here’s a glimpse into the future, as envisioned by Corning Glass.  This is an updated video that they put out this year.  If you’re not one of the 21 millions people that saw the earlier version on YouTube, then check it out too…  if you’re like me, you are exhilarated each time you see it!

A Day Made of Glass 2

A Day Made of Glass 2

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