Back in October, Amanda from Let’s Take the Metro blog fame issued a MAJOR challenge to all of her readers (which if you know Amanda includes pretty much everyone on the planet including every shark alive). Amanda challenged us to create a list, a genuine list, of 100 things, people, places, etc… that we are grateful for. This is piggybacking on her weekly gratitude post, something that I love reading.
In honor of the spirit of giving thanks today, here are 100 things that I am grateful for. May these inspire gratitude for what you have in life. Blessings!
1. First and foremost I am thankful to be alive. Life is not always glitter and unicorns but it is such a wonderful journey that I am blessed to be on.
2. I am thankful for my parents. Not only would I not be here if it wasn’t for them but their support, understanding, wisdom, guidance, and love is something that I only hope that I am giving to Tiny. They are the two most amazing people I know. Really. I won the lottery when these two beautiful souls gave me life. (Or maybe they won the lottery when I picked them as parents!)
3. I am thankful for Tiny. Beyond thankful. There are not words that can accurately portray how thankful I am that Tiny choose me as her mother. I cannot and will not imagine life without her. She provides such joy and is my ever present teacher. She has made me a better person and will continue to keep me growing.
4. I am thankful for my husband. Without RastaDaddy there would be no Tiny and that is unimaginable. I love him, respect him, and am proud to say that he works HARD to support Tiny and I. No one will ever accuse this man of being lazy. He is our backbone and for that, I am thankful.
5. I am thankful for my circle of friends both in-real-life and virtual. Women need women, mamas need mamas, old friends grow old together, and new friends enrich each other’s lives at the time that they need it. Some friends have come and gone, others fade in and out, and others are tried and true. I am grateful for them all. My support system is beautiful.
6. I am thankful to have a place to live. Not everyone does. Home is what you make it, not where you make it. I am just thankful I have a place to make my home.
7. I am thankful for the health challenges I do have because the ones I do not have could be far worse. Nothing I have will kill me.
8. I am thankful for music. Of course reggae has my heart and soul but I love all music. It keeps me sane. It grounds me. It inspires me. It uplifts me. It connects me to others. It brings awareness, insight and joy. It brings peace.
9. I am thankful for diversity, in all things. Religion, cultures, traditions, food, celebrations, and the list goes on. Life is so rich and rewarding when you embrace and celebrate that which makes us all different both in our own neighborhoods and globally.
10. I am thankful for the creator, the overseer, he/she who started this thing called life with or without a bang. Believe what you want. Discredit what you want. I cannot fathom that this universe of ours as well as those beyond it started without some sort of divine presence.
11. The sun
12. The moon
13. The stars
14. The planets
15. The ocean
16. Marine life
17. The jungle
18. Animals – ALL animals
20. Mother Teresa
27. Rosa Parks
28. Martin Luther King
29. The unknown
30. Modes of transportation
32. Holistic medicine
33. Rudolph Steiner
34. Colors and the ability to see them
35. The seasons
37. Natural landmarks
38. Jamaican food
39. Digital cameras
40. Human Nature
42. Travel opportunities
43. People who make a REAL difference through their actions and how they live their life, not just the check they write to a charity.
45. Freedom of speech
47. Clean water and ways to purify water
48. Social change
51. History – everything that has taken place that has gotten “us” where we are today.
52. The ability to read and comprehend
53. Dreams – both in sleep and in times of wakefulness
56. Having spent the first 8 years of my life in Washington State
57. My great grandmother
58. All of my grandparents
59. Tiny having a great-grandmother for the first 2 years of her life
63. The desire, knowledge and ability to cook real foods from scratch
68. A gentle breeze
76. Authors, writers, poets
86. Long walks
87. The ability to reflect
88. The spirit world
89. Spirit guides
92. Oral Tradition
93. Spoken Word
99. Mother Nature
100. The men and women who devote their lives to serving others in the military, law enforcement agencies, and fire service. Dedicating your health, safety, and life to protect people you do not know is the most noble of all callings.
Read the resulting list at Let’s Take the Metro: The Gratitude Challenge. You can also find responses to this challenge from:
- Hobo Mama
- True Confessions of a Real Mommy.
- The Variegated Life
- African Babies Don’t Cry
- Hybrid Rasta Mama
- Peace 4 Parents
- Becoming Crunchy
- Fine and Fair
- Working to be Worthy
- living peacefully with children
- Vibrant Wanderings
- Code Name: Mama – a must read!!