Life’s Essentials (#346)

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…

  1. Snow days at UMass
  2. Breakfast for dinner at home
  3. My family
  4. Good communication
  5. Walks around the pond with my grandma
  6. The warmth of the summer sun
  7. Sharing new music
  8. A clear night sky to see the stars
  9. The sound of the train passing in the night
  10. Home cooked meals
  11. Old man basketball with my dad
  12. My continued education
  13. Tuesday night soccer
  14. My Peer Mentor staff
  15. Teaching CORE and working with DB to help improve the class
  16. Patient Perseverance
  17. Sings from the Universe
  18. Beautiful, colored sunsets
  19. Friends from Cambodia
  20. Teachers, coaches, and mentors
  21. My beating heart and good health
  22. Safe travels and returns
  23. Food security and access
  24. Learning new things
  25. 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

Author: Jacob Ames

Feline father, perpetual graduate student, sport enthusiast, pancake expert, and gratitude writer. Using this blog to keep my life organized and to develop a platform I can one day use to share baseless conspiracy theories about the robot uprising. I enjoy writing!

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