Making a list of the top things you are grateful for is always beneficial. I believe we should never lose sight of those things in life that mean the most, that we cherish, that are the true treasures by which we measure our wealth.
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I attempt to think about what I am most grateful whenever I can.
This can happen anytime and anywhere. Often for me that can be when taking a walk. Getting exercise can be a chore, but when the sun is shining and it's close to Thanksgiving it can be easy to count my blessings.
Around the Thanksgiving holiday it is traditional to gather family together, eat a good meal, and take inventory of all we are grateful for.
When I contemplate the top things for which I am grateful I realize that money doesn't make the cut, at least not in the top five. And believe me, although I know money can't buy happiness, like most people I could use a little more on the bottom line. It is easy to stress about finances and it can be hard at times to pay the bills. But, no, money isn't part of my gratitude big five.
#5 - Health
If you live long enough you will almost surely have battles with fitness and other health issues. The Covid pandemic really brought this to the forefront of our awareness!
Many people have had serious illness, disabilities or even life threatening diseases. I am well past sixty and still in pretty good health. I greatly admire those who deal with chronic pain, disease (or just "dis - ease"), or healthy challenges.
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Never take your health for granted.
#4 - A place to live
Even better, a home.
It's nice to have somewhere you can go to that is your dwelling, your sanctuary, the place to start and end your day. Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash
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#3 - Talent
Nobody is good at everything, but everyone is good at something.
Having a talent is a gift and not one to be wasted. Can you draw, sculpt, make music or write?
Maybe you have a knack for numbers.
Perhaps you are athletic.
Being compassionate, a good listener, a good speaker, a teacher, a gifted cook, charismatic leader, builder or fixer are all terrific examples of talents.
#2 - Purpose
This goes hand-in-hand with talent. Use your talent for a purpose; find a way to contribute to society and life that is challenging and meaningful.
If you have a job/career/vocation that fulfills your purpose and uses your talent then you are very blessed.
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#1 - Love
We all want to love and be loved.
Family, a partner, good friends, love of nature, the deep spirituality that comes from connecting to the One-ness of life, these are things immeasurable in value.
When I feel real love I am truly humbled. When I give real love I know it is something bigger than me that I am lucky to be a part of, perhaps even an instrument for good.
Love is all you really need.
These five reasons to be grateful are important to me and very powerful. If you agree, perhaps you can give a virtual "high five for gratitude" by looking at how they fit in your life and finding a way to keep them prominent in your life.