Things I Am Grateful For

On 5 January, Shevy challenged her followers on twitter to write down five things everyday, for a month, that they are grateful for. These are the things I came up with during the past week:

5 January

I am grateful for:

  1. My health
  2. A husband who loves me still after 12 years of marriage
  3. Beautiful children who shower me with love everyday
  4.  A warm place to stay (especially during the ice-cold winter months!)
  5. The food we have to eat everyday

6 January

I am grateful for:

  1. The warm boots and coat I have to wear when I go out in the winter cold
  2. Access to the internet with which to communicate with loved ones
  3. The nearby well-stocked library
  4. My well-behaved children
  5. Access to clean drinking water

7 January:

I am grateful for:

  1. Finally meeting my brother
  2. Living in a city with an efficient public transport system
  3. The fresh and juicy fruit I ate this morning
  4. Being able to spend time with my family over the weekend
  5.  Having had parents who loved me while growing up

8 January

I am grateful for:

  1. My ability to walk when I want to
  2. Lazy afternoons when I can curl up with a book and read
  3. The beauty of a clear, blue sky
  4. The happy sound of children’s laughter at play
  5. Quiet times during which I can be alone

9 January

I am grateful for:

  1. My life in a peaceful country
  2. Being able to eat any type of nut I wish
  3. Warm, mild winter days
  4. The ability to communicate with loved ones by telephone, or via social media networks
  5. Waking up pain-free in the morning

10 January

I am grateful for:

  1. The friends I have to spend time with
  2. My ability to listen to the music of nature, the music created by talented artists, and the music of my children learning their instrument
  3. The running water I have in both my kitchen and bathroom
  4. The time I have at the end of the day to relax and watch a programme on tv
  5. My eyesight and being able to see all that I do everyday

11 January

I am grateful for:

  1. The education that my children are receiving
  2. The health care system that we have access to
  3. The chances I have had to improve my education
  4. The experiences I have had travelling to other countries
  5. Being able to smell baking bread, and the tantalising scent of a meal that is cooking

Doing this exercise has helped me to realise how many things I have in my life that I am grateful for. Too often we focus on what we do not have, and what we feel we should have. Focusing on what we have, instead, helps us to be more positive about our lives and what we have.

What are some of the things you are grateful for? Will you take up the challenge of writing them down for at least a week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

16 thoughts on “Things I Am Grateful For

  1. Wow Colline,

    This is amazing!!! The exercise in gratefulness really does make us see how many many amazing things we do have. Thanks for inspiring me to continue on with my own grateful exercise. Yay!!!

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  2. What a great idea!!! I should start doing this… I also love your lists!! Wonderful things to have in your life – and the fact that you’re taking the time to acknowledge them makes them all the more wonderful!!!

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  3. Like the idea Colline but will take me a while to get my head around it as to where to start
    So many things come to mind , this is really an exercise in appreciation , something I have never considered , I will give it a go
    Emu

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  4. Lovely lists. 🙂

    I bought Gratitude Journals for myself and my daughters-in-law this Christmas. The daily practice of gratitude makes such a difference in our views of life.

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  5. You are so right, when you take the time to write things down, you really do become so much more aware of things you’re grateful for, but equally things that irritate. I’ve also noticed that since starting my blog just before Christmas I am questioning a lot of things about my character, and it’s a very interesting exercise. Can only bring good I feel. Thanks for your comments on my blog.

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  6. Always a fabulous exercise.
    Especially when I’m feeling down, it helps to remember that we are sooo privledged in this country. It makes me think of a comment made by a soldier who had just returned from Afganistan recently. He said that it was hard to relate to others now that he has seen war up close and personal and he feels angry when people complain about the mundane when there are horrendous things happening in other parts of the world.
    When I was a single Mom and lived in a small one-bedroom apartment with my two children, I felt sad at times that I was not living a family life in a marriage with a supportive husband and in a house as we were once living. Rather than entrench myself in that thinking, and potentially sinking into depression, I compared our life to others around the world where a Mom may not have enough to feed her children, or may not have adequate shelter. It helped me to realize that I had everything I needed to raise my kids: 1. shelter 2. food 3. clothing(even if it was second-hand sometimes) 4. Each other 5. A purpose for being: others who depended on your existance, belonging to someone!
    After 13 years, raising my children on my own, my life changed dramatically, I remarried, expanded my family with my second husband, adding three lovely boys and now after much hard work, have the home we wanted to raise our family in. I have never forgotten my ‘roots’ though and it is the simplicity of life and the freedom to enjoy it that I am grateful for everyday!

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