Gratitude List (208 things I am grateful for)

What if, when you woke up tomorrow, you had only those things you had remembered to be grateful for today?

  1. AA
  2. AA meetings that are plentiful and diverse
  3. Airplanes that are safe, accessible and affordable
  4. Anesthesia
  5. Animal shelters and the people who support them
  6. Antibiotics
  7. Antihistamines
  8. Antiques and heirlooms
  9. Art
  10. Artists
  11. Artificial body parts (my tooth, her knee)
  12. Artificial Sweeteners
  13. Authors who take the time to do the writing I can read
  14. Auto mechanics who are honest
  15. Babies
  16. Bandaids
  17. Beaches to visit, and as part of my landscape growing up
  18. Bed
  19. Bible
  20. Big dogs I am brave enough to walk.
  21. Birthplace of Bill W and the people who preserve it for me to visit.
  22. Blogs to read from the comfort of my home
  23. Boats
  24. Bones for the dog
  25. Books on CD for the car ride
  26. Books to own and borrow without censorship
  27. Calculators
  28. Candles
  29. Candy
  30. Car
  31. Car insurance
  32. Caregivers
  33. Cat food
  34. Cat litter (was there life before cat litter?)
  35. Cell phones that help me contact people who are not in one place
  36. Change
  37. Charities that enable me to help people from right here at home
  38. Cheese
  39. Chemotherapy
  40. Children (adult children)
  41. (That my) Children have not been endangered by my alcoholism, that they only know me sober.
  42. Chocolate
  43. Christmas – although I have huge difficulties with Christianity, it is nice to contemplate this person that was Jesus and the ways in which he changed the world for good.
  44. Church bells I can hear from my house twice a day when I’m home.
  45. Church that is diverse, accepting and traditional
  46. Cities that are safe and interesting
  47. Clergy
  48. Clouds
  49. Coffee
  50. Computers at home and work and many other places
  51. Cook books
  52. Cousins (as an only child, they’ve meant a lot to me)
  53. Crocheting and a crochet teacher
  54. Democracy and elections
  55. Dental hygienists (I don’t know what they make, but it can’t be enough)
  56. Dental implants
  57. Dentists
  58. Dialysis
  59. Digital cameras
  60. Doctors who care about what they are doing, and who think about what they are doing.
  61. Dog parks
  62. Dog sighs
  63. Dogs
  64. Donations of time, money and material things people give to others who need them, to the world and environment.
  65. Drivers who drive people who are unable to drive
  66. Drivers who take others to AA meetings
  67. Ebay
  68. Electricity
  69. Electronic books (so handy!)
  70. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others who devoted their lives to equal rights for women.
  71. Employment in a safe, comfortable place – in a job that lets me serve others
  72. Employment of my wife, son and daughter – in safe, comfortable places in work they enjoy doing
  73. Eye doctors
  74. Eye glass designers, and technicians who help me find some
  75. Eyeglasses
  76. Eyesight that is good and easily corrected to perfect
  77. Faith
  78. Family
  79. Fire
  80. Fire fighters
  81. Five senses – touch, taste, smell, hearing, seeing
  82. (anti) Flea treatments – my life before them was often infested
  83. Food that is affordable, plentiful, safe and interesting
  84. Foster critters and the people who foster them
  85. Freedom of the press
  86. Friends
  87. Funerals, a chance to say goodbye and be present and possibly supportive of other survivors
  88. Gay – being openly, safely gay
  89. Glasses that correct eyesight
  90. God’s Grace that gives me good things I don’t deserve
  91. GPS
  92. Graduations – the ones I’ve achieved, and the ones my loved ones have achieved
  93. Grandparents, especially my mother’s parents, who helped raise me
  94. Gratitude and the ability to appreciate things
  95. Hair straighteners – I wish they had had these when I was young, although maybe a lack of straight hair taught me acceptance.  But I love it now!
  96. Hawaii
  97. Health insurance
  98. Heating pads
  99. Hillary Clinton and the historic campaign
  100. History and the people who recorded and preserved it
  101. Holidays
  102. Home remedies and the wisdom of the ages
  103. House that I love
  104. Imagination
  105. Intelligence
  106. Kittens
  107. Libraries
  108. Lifeguards
  109. Love
  110. Mammography
  111. Medical attention that is some of the best in the world
  112. Medical insurance that is excellent
  113. Medications that are plentiful and affordable
  114. Menopause (especially that I’ve lived this long)
  115. Message boards (internet message boards)
  116. Mobility and the ability to get from place to place
  117. Mouse traps
  118. Movies
  119. Music
  120. My mother
  121. Nail polish
  122. National parks (protected wild spaces)
  123. Nature
  124. Neighbors
  125. Netflix – so much info, so close at hand
  126. Neti pot
  127. Newcomers who make us remember what we’re here for, what is was like, and what we don’t want to return to
  128. Non-violence, the attitude my parents raised me with
  129. Novocaine
  130. Obama – love him, and that I got to see this and participate
  131. Ocean – seen from Hawaii, so beautiful, clean (looking) and warm, and fierce
  132. Oldtimers who don’t drink but keep coming to meetings
  133. Online communities
  134. Paid holidays, vacations and sick leave
  135. Pain killers, and a healthy fear of them
  136. Pain relievers – Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen and aspirin
  137. Pajamas
  138. Parents of people with disabilities, who show me by their example
  139. Parks
  140. Partners (in life, in work)
  141. Patience (my own, and that which is shown to me)
  142. Peace
  143. People of my prayer list
  144. People who back me up
  145. Pepsi
  146. Pets – current, past and future
  147. Pet food
  148. Pet sitters
  149. Photographs, especially those I’ve scanned and “backed up”
  150. Plants – to eat and grow for the yard, for the dog
  151. Poetry and poets
  152. Police
  153. Puppies
  154. Rain (every living thing needs water)
  155. Rainbows (are cheerful, no matter what)
  156. Reading – the physical and mental ability, and the desire and love
  157. Recycling, often made easy (curbside pick up)
  158. Relapsers who make it back
  159. Religion – freedom of and from
  160. Reporters, journalists and writers who go where I can’t or don’t want to
  161. Restaurants, the people who work them, the money to pay for them, and people to go with
  162. Road crews taking risks in the snow and ice
  163. Roads that are paved, plowed, salted and somewhat safe
  164. Safety – the relative safety of my environment, always
  165. Salt to melt the ice (I try to use it very sparingly, but sometimes it saves my neck)
  166. Scanner to digitize my old pictures
  167. School – good schools, for me and for my kids
  168. Seasons
  169. Second (third, fourth, fifth) chances
  170. Serenity
  171. Shopping over the computer.  I still hate shopping, but at least I can do it in my pajamas.
  172. Siblings – that my daughter has a brother and my son has a sister – that they enjoy each other and spend time together willingly
  173. Smoking – the ability to quit
  174. Snow – beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
  175. Snow tires
  176. Soap
  177. Sobriety
  178. Sonograms and sonogram technicians
  179. Spell check
  180. Spring
  181. Steroids for the itchy dog
  182. Stores – nearby, and well stocked with everything I need or want
  183. Sun and sunlight
  184. Taxes that pay for things we need
  185. Teachers
  186. Television
  187. Text messages that let me avoid talking to people
  188. Thanksgiving (a day for gratitude)
  189. Therapy and therapists
  190. Time
  191. Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  192. Town
  193. Transportation that is safe and available for going places near and far
  194. Tweezers
  195. Two pregnancies, two children
  196. Vaccines
  197. Ventilators (respiratory)
  198. Veterinarians
  199. Video, digital, and film recordings of so many things from the past.
  200. Water that is clean, safe and plentiful, and hot!
  201. Weather forecasts.  Although they can be wrong and wacky, I imagine a time when people had no idea what was coming, or when it would end.
  202. Weather that is safe and varied and not too extreme
  203. Wifey
  204. Wireless internet
  205. Work partner Irene who covers for me when I need her to
  206. Workers – people who I work with who try hard and mean it
  207. Writers who write things for me to read
  208. Yarn that is affordable, plentiful and interesting

20 thoughts on “Gratitude List (208 things I am grateful for)

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  2. I was intrigued with the list from A to … then I came to Gay. It’s your choice, that’s true. It’s still wrong.

      • I’m sorry you feel that way, and I would also have trouble if the situation was reversed. In case future additions change the numbers, #128 is Obama. I freely admit that I fell way short of being grateful for EVERYTHING good and bad when the President was a shrub.

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  4. Way too soon to tel if Obama should be on my gratitude list. For now no.. I am grateful for the freedom to comment without fear. I’m also very grateful for the 1st amendment, my grandson and a chance to try to help children in the part of the world where I now reside.

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