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49 Things to Be Thankful For in Life

By on Nov 20, 2011

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If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. – Meister Eckhardt

Thanksgiving Day will be here soon. This year the holiday holds a deeper meaning for me than it has in the past because I’ve come to realize every moment isn’t a guarantee – it’s a gift.

Instead of the traditional feast prepared at home, Mary Beth, Emily and I will travel to Denver and celebrate Thanksgiving with Brandon. Andrew will join us there.

But, this will be the first Thanksgiving without Caitlin. My daughter will stay in Miami and work so she can take time off at Christmas. This will make Christmas all the more special, which I’m sure will result in a post.

So, the Thanksgiving season begins.

I’ve been fortunate to celebrate 49 Thanksgivings. While there are more than 49 things I’m thankful for in life, this number is a good start. It tells my God, and my family, how much I appreciate what I have.

I share these 49 things from a thankful, intentional heart so you’ll be nudged to remember the wonderful things you have to be thankful for, too:

  1. I’m thankful for chance encounters and meeting Mary Beth more than 27 years ago.
  2. I’m thankful for Brandon reminding me to play more often.
  3. I’m thankful for Caitlin giving me a second chance to be a better father.
  4. I’m thankful for Andrew finally understanding that asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness; but a sign of strength.
  5. I’m thankful for Emily coming into our lives and sharing her beautiful spirit.
  6. I’m thankful for the 49 years I had with Eric, my brother.
  7. I’m thankful for Tuesday-night dinners; homework checks and then watching DVR-recorded television with my wife.
  8. I’m thankful for finding the inspiration to start my book.
  9. I’m thankful for my blogging friends who encourage me.
  10. I’m thankful for God’s grace.
  11. I’m thankful for the smell of Sunday supper cooking all afternoon long.
  12. I’m thankful for working for a company that provides health care benefits.
  13. I’m thankful for having a strong body and a clear mind.
  14. I’m thankful for creating a new relationship with my sister.
  15. I’m thankful for the KC Royals management for finally putting together a team that has a chance to win.
  16. I’m thankful for having the freedom to choose the life I want to live.
  17. I’m thankful for Riley and Rascal greeting me at the door every evening.
  18. I’m thankful for wool blend sheets on a winter’s night.
  19. I’m thankful for after-dinner walks with Mary Beth.
  20. I’m thankful for being forgiven.
  21. I’m thankful for the first sip of coffee in the morning.
  22. I’m thankful for having the ability to pay my bills.
  23. I’m thankful for realizing being happy is my greatest purpose.
  24. I’m thankful for the love and support I’m given every day.
  25. I’m thankful for remembering that I am enough.
  26. I’m thankful for having the time to do what I want to do.
  27. I’m thankful for hearing laughter in my house.
  28. I’m thankful for my faith.
  29. I’m thankful for the special beauty of each season.
  30. I’m thankful for the sound of rain as I’m falling asleep.
  31. I’m thankful for having a good sense of direction.
  32. I’m thankful for the kindness of strangers.
  33. I’m thankful for Mary Beth thinking I’m still handsome.
  34. I’m thankful for my sensitive nature.
  35. I’m thankful for people reading what I write.
  36. I’m thankful for learning from my mistakes.
  37. I’m thankful for having a soul mate.
  38. I’m thankful for every sunrise – each one doesn’t go unnoticed.
  39. I’m thankful for landing safely after a flight.
  40. I’m thankful for receiving an education.
  41. I’m thankful for having passion.
  42. I’m thankful for growing older.
  43. I’m thankful for my parents.
  44. I’m thankful for a prayer being answered.
  45. I’m thankful for sharing a smile.
  46. I’m thankful for learning to heal.
  47. I’m thankful for finding hope in every circumstance.
  48. I’m thankful for each good-night kiss.
  49. I’m thankful for exactly what I have.
  50. What about you? What are you thankful for – big or small?

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  • http://www.thebridgemaker.com Alex Blackwell

    J, like you, I appreciate each new lesson I learn.