For me, I think there are aspects of life I always seem to take for granted. Health, safety, and food are three big ones I want to focus on. Most times, I’m not thinking about these three aspects unless something is wrong. I personally do not get sick often but I know my grandma is on a roller coaster of improvement. I almost never consider my safety until I feel unsafe. With food, it’s easy for me to run to the local grocery store and buy a wide selection of food both in season and specially imported for customers. We know food insecurity, malnutrition, and child starvation is a real issue not only here in America but all around the world.
These three essential elements help me live. For some reason, I don’t give attention to them until life goes wrong.
When we intentionally breathe with gratitude, we can recognize these elements along with many more aspects of life we may take for granted. It’s important that we stay present and use gratitude to give power to these aspects right now.
Today I’m Grateful For…
- Snow days at UMass
- Breakfast for dinner at home
- My family
- Good communication
- Walks around the pond with my grandma
- The warmth of the summer sun
- Sharing new music
- A clear night sky to see the stars
- The sound of the train passing in the night
- Home cooked meals
- Old man basketball with my dad
- My continued education
- Tuesday night soccer
- My Peer Mentor staff
- Teaching CORE and working with DB to help improve the class
- Patient Perseverance
- Sings from the Universe
- Beautiful, colored sunsets
- Friends from Cambodia
- Teachers, coaches, and mentors
- My beating heart and good health
- Safe travels and returns
- Food security and access
- Learning new things
- The here and now
As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.
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Down by the (frozen) water in Vermont