Gratitude Journal

I’m thankful for (items may repeat!):

  • My education and literacy
  • Antibiotics
  • Public libraries
  • The internet
  • Clean water
  • Running water
  • Cheap water
  • Hot water on tap
  • Coca-Cola
  • The right to vote (especially as a woman)
  • My job
  • My job-related benefits (health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, retirement plans)
  • My coworkers (smart, kind, educated, respectful)
  • My cats
  • Eyeglasses and contact lenses
  • My good health
  • The good health of my family members
  • My parents’ good relationship/marriage
  • My parents’ work in teaching and raising me
  • Abundant food
  • Clean clothes
  • Abudant clothing
  • In-home washing machine and dryer
  • A safe, sound house
  • My healthy teeth
  • A safe, peaceful home country and neighborhood
  • Books
  • Teachers
  • A life free from abuse and trauma
  • The use of my hands, arms, legs, and feet
  • My senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell
  • My ancestors and others who came before me, who worked and fought for the many good rights and privileges I have today
  • My personal computer
  • Modern hygiene (sewage systems, water treatment plants, etc.)
  • Animals–the world would be so lonely without them.
  • Owls (end 12/12/14)
  • Salt and vinegar potato chips
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Jo Ann Beard
  • Garth Williams
  • E. B. White
  • The Polar Express
  • Blessings in disguise (end 12/18/14)
  • Freedom of travel and movement
  • My car
  • Grandmothers and grandfathers
  • Veterinarians
  • Antibiotics
  • Freedom of information, and the internet (end 12/29/14)
  • Options and choices in every area of my life–where I live, who I live with, what I do for a living, what I do with my money, etc.
  • Workers’ rights and unions
  • Space heaters
  • My bed (big, warm, clean, dry, and soft!)
  • My family–a built-in team and support system for life (end 1/27/15)
  • Juicy hamburgers with lots of fresh toppings, eaten at a table with my family, with a big shared bag of spicy fries
  • My good luck and blessing to be born into a stable, healthy family and community, and to be educated in that community
  • My father’s continous hard work, which supports us all
  • My (and my sisters’, my parents’) great experiences in public schools
  • My Papoose’s good schools and good behavior (end 2/5/15)
  • Rainy days, especially with naps and good books
  • Coca-Cola from a soda fountain
  • A good writing pen
  • Snow
  • Miniature things
  • Checking the mailbox and finding good mail
  • Vanilla ice cream cones
  • Perfume
  • Crayons and coloring books
  • Rhinestones
  • Foxes, ferrets, otters, hamsters
  • Chocolate
  • Tax returns! (end 4/15/15)
  • The four seasons – summer, fall, winter, and spring
  • Options and choices
  • Indoor plumbing
  • Clean air
  • Soap (end 6/1/15)
  • My house. I’m ashamed to say that I was cursing it this past weekend.  It’s an older house with a lot of quirks, and I was grumping about the way it never looks perfectly clean no matter what I do.  I need to remember that I am fortunate to have a safe, warm, and dry house, and that carpet stains and crooked repairs are just happy evidence of all of the lovable people and pets who live inside. (end 9/1/15)
  • Candles
  • Hot drinks
  • Fleece blankets
  • Warm baths
  • Philly cheesesteaks
  • Cold kitty cats (who want to snuggle with you for warmth!)
  • Anticipation for Christmas (end 10/19/15)

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