It has always been hard for me to be grateful. I’m really good at thinking about the things that irk me or are bothersome, but rarely do I reflect on all the good things in my life, which is a shame, because I really do have many good things in my life.
Back in high school, I used to make lists of things that made me happy when I was feeling pissed off or depressed. Those lists really helped, but as I got older, I fell out of that habit. I couldn’t think of a better place to reinstitute the list-making tradition with things I am grateful for. I don’t think gratitude is only for the big things, but even the small things that make life worth living.
This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for…
© My incredible family – Even though I love my life in Cincinnati, and I’m a grown woman, I still get homesick for them. Going home for the holidays is always something I look forward to because of them.
© My boyfriend, Rob – He makes every day special.
© My job at the zoo – so many incredible animals and people grace me with their presence every day. I am having experiences that are so unique and special and get to do what I love: teach kids.
© BBQ sauce – my sauce addiction
© The sunset behind the church steeple out my apartment window
© Good music on the radio when going to work early in the morning
© My new neighborhood, Over-the-Rhine
© My friends – they keep me laughing and enjoying life
© Tea – Especially on chilly days or before bed, it is liquid comfort
I need to work on appreciating these things more often and continuing to find new things to be thankful for. What are you thankful for on a day-to-day basis?