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Radiant Crimsons Week 3 What I'm thankful for

Friday, November 22, 2013

I knew I wrote a blog on this before, so it was nice to go back and search for it and read it over again.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that many of my current SparkFriends were around then and were kind enough to respond to it. I think I should revisit old blogs more often...I don't write a lot of blogs but they are usually long and bring back memories or make me realize things I should keep remembering as I continue to strive toward a healthy lifestyle!

Anyway, while I don't do the Tony Robbins Daily Magic routine that I talked about in that last blog anymore, I do try really hard to be grateful every single day for all the good things in life, even (and especially) when challenges and stress are part of my life. Finding a quiet time each day to meditate and think of all of life's blessings, as well as pray for others is important to me, and makes my days so much better!

At first I wondered what I could even add to the last thankfulness blog, but an idea eventually came to me that originated from many activities I did with my second graders over the years. I came up with an ABC list of A LOT of things. I started by jotting a few things down for each letter as I thought of them. I originally was only going to do one or two, but the list just kept on growing, and I had a lot of fun doing it. Here is my list! What things did I miss that have meaning in your life?

A – ART in all its forms emoticon, fresh AIR, A/C that keeps me cool on hot, humid days, and AIRPLANES emoticon that allow me to travel long distances in a short amount of time (like back and forth from Florida to PA this winter!)...oh, and A is for APPLES emoticon ...I do love them!

B – BEAUTY all around us emoticon, BABIES emoticonthat can turn any frown upside down!, great BOOKS emoticon that I love to read, and wonderful BACKRUBS from my husband!

C – the spirit of CHRISTMAS emoticonthat includes COOKIES emoticonand CAROLING emoticon, CHOCOLATE emoticonand COFFEE emoticon that are hard to do without, COMEDIES emoticonthat make me laugh, people’s CREATIVITY, sincere COMPLIMENTS emoticonthat make me feel good emoticon and appreciated, beautiful CLOUDS emoticonin the sky, CHANGES in our lives emoticon CHALLENGES that give me strength and determination emoticon and the COURAGE to take them on!

D – my DARLING DAD, who is so precious to me, DOGS emoticonof many breeds that always bring me joy, especially my own, DIVERSITY in people that make life interesting, excellent DOCTORS emoticon, and the pleasure from DANCING! emoticon

E – a quality EDUCATION, ELECTRICITY, which I take for granted until the power goes out! emoticonEXERCISE emoticonthat keeps my body physically fit and full of ENERGY, my EYES that allow me to see, my EXPERIENCE that allows me to learn and grow, ENCOURAGEMENT emoticonfrom others that make me more motivated, and EMPATHY for others emoticon

F – FAMILY and FRIENDS, of course! a strong FAITH emoticon, FREEDOM, beautiful FLOWERS emoticon, FRESH FRUIT emoticon, FACEBOOK, which I enjoy checking out each day and has helped me reconnect with old friends, and FUN emoticon that allows us not to live life so seriously all the time!

G – GOD, GIRLFRIENDS emoticonto confide in and go out with, GIGGLES, and all kinds of GAMES emoticonto play.

H – my HUSBAND emoticon, who has been my partner and friend for 25 years, my good HEALTH, the wonderful HAPPY HOME emoticonI grew up in and the one I spent 23 wonderful years in with Dave and Sean and our pets, special HOLIDAYS emoticon, hands that can touch, pray emoticonand create, a sense of humor emoticon that makes life fun, warm HUGS emoticon, HONESTY, and the HELP that I both give to and receive from others.

I – the INTERNET emoticonand my I-PHONE that allow me to learn and connect with others, INDEPENDENCE to do things on my own emoticon, and ICE CREAM emoticonon summer days!

J – our JEEP with “Life is good” on the tire cover, decent JOKES that make me laugh, and lovely JEWELRY that I have received as special gifts emoticon.

K – all the cute KIDS who I enjoyed teaching for 30 years, adorable KITTENS emoticon, my thirst for KNOWLEDGE that is never-ending, KINDNESS from both friends and strangers, and long, passionate KISSES emoticon!

L –my LIFE! LOVE!!! emoticonLAUGHTER!!! emoticonmy LEGS that allow me to walk, skip, hop and run emoticon, and great LEADERS.

M – my MARVELOUS MOM! MEMORIES that I hold dear, MUSIC!!! emoticonthe good MANNERS emoticonand MORALS many parents teach their children, MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS, MEDICINE emoticonto ease and cure our ailments and disease, and precious MEDITATION time emoticon .

N – my sweet NEPHEWS, NATURE walks, my NOSE that allows me to breathe and smell wonderful scents, and the gorgeous NIGHT sky emoticon

O – OPTIMISM for the future emoticon, the incredible OCEAN with all its treasures emoticon , OPPORTUNITIES for growth, and the bright color, ORANGE emoticon!

P – PEACE on earth and of mind emoticon, PETS emoticon emoticonwho give unconditional love, POETRY, PATIENCE to wait for things, PHOTOGRAPHS of loved ones and past events, PLUMBING that not everyone in the world has, PINTEREST, and PIZZA emoticon!

Q – QUESTIONS emoticon to ask and answer, great and inspiring QUOTES, beautiful QUILTS, and QUIET time.

R – RESPECT for and from others, REST and RELAXATION emoticon, RVING, favorite RESTAURANTS, ROMANCE with my hubby, beautiful RAINBOWS emoticon, and good ole ROCK and ROLL!!!

S – my dear SON, SEAN, SPARKPEOPLE emoticonand all my special SPARKFRIENDS emoticon, SMILES emoticon, nutritious SNACKS, SOUPS emoticon and SALADS emoticon, SPICES that make a dish delicious, SUNNY days emoticon, gorgeous SCENERY and SUNSETS, the different SEASONS emoticon, SPORTS to watch and/or play emoticon, SONGS emoticonthat lift your spirits or nourish your soul, my SUCCESSES emoticon over the years, the STRENGTH emoticon of body, mind, and spirit, and…yes, SEX!

T – TECHNOLOGY, entertaining TV shows, amazing TEACHERS, benefiting from others’ TALENTS, juicy TOMATOES emoticon , and getting daily TEXTS from my son.

U – our great country, the USA emoticon , everyone’s UNIQUENESS, and UNDERSTANDING.

V – our country’s VETERANS, who serve and bravely protect our country, VEGGIES emoticonand VITAMINS to keep us healthy, all our wonderful VACATIONS emoticonover the years, and special VISITS from family and friends.

W – fresh, clean WATER to drink emoticon, the satisfaction of WORK well done, WONDROUS WILDLIFE emoticon, WORDS WITH FRIENDS, and a glass of good WINE emoticon!

X – hmmmm….XRAYS and XEROX machines, and the XO at the end of family and friends’ cards, emails and texts.

Y – YIN and YANG, which allows us to appreciate the good so much more by experiencing some “bad”, YOUTUBE videos, and wonderful YOGA stretches emoticon !!

…and finally…

Z –ZANINESS and ZEST for life emoticon and enough ZZZZZ’s emoticon to give me energy for a productive new day!

*I just realized that my assignment was to blog about the top 5 -10 things I am thankful for, so I guess my old blog fulfilled that one. If I had to pick the top ones from all that I wrote though, I would choose all the people in my life - family members and friends, my pets, my health, the blessing of being able to retire early and go to Florida, and this wonderful world we live in!

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    You have tons of blessing to be grateful for. Wonderful.
    1520 days ago
    That's an impressive list Amy! I'd say that I'm grateful for almost everything on your list too. I can't imagine how long it must have taken you to do this. emoticon emoticon
    1521 days ago
    I want to comment again. This is a goodie. I can't see a place to click and add to things saved on Spark People. So I put it into Favorites on Firefox.

    I'm really trying to deal with gratitude after having it so totally trashed and poisoned. Toxic people sure can turn it into a way to obligate me and treat me like a slave. You should be grateful. YOu owe me/us.

    And yet feeling joyful appreciation for some lovely thing (like my wonderful daughter who will be 51 Sunday/tomorrow) is so good and so important.
    1521 days ago
    emoticon All very good reasons to be thankful!
    1521 days ago
    Thank you for saying good things about gratitude. I have issues with gratitude since both my mother-in-law and AA thoroughly trashed gratitude for me and made me shudder at the very idea of feeling grateful.

    I am trying to reclaim Gratitude and benefit from it rather than gritting my teeth and feeling obligated and shackled with a debt I can never repay.
    1521 days ago
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    1521 days ago
    What a great idea going back and looking at your old blogs. emoticon On your list. Have a great weekend.
    1522 days ago
  • BEFIT018
    That was an emoticon Blog! Well thought out & a LOT of work went into it!
    Your list puts things in a whole new perspective for me!
    1522 days ago
    What a wonderfully thought out blog! I love all the referances using the ABC's
    1522 days ago
    I really enjoyed your list. It seemed to cover it all. It made me feel good just reading it. Fantastic!!
    1522 days ago
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