I was invited to do one of those ‘three things per day that I am grateful for’ in a five-day challenge recently.
I don’t normally go for requests but it seemed feasible enough to me to pay homage to the origins of my gratefulness, so I gave it a whirl.
I covered the usual suspects in the first two days, like my husband, my family, my home and my friends and then I really had to think about it a bit.
Just what are the other ‘things’ that I am grateful for? The things that escape my notice while I’m negotiating this often precarious, interesting, volatile and sometimes mildly mundane life of mine.
I am grateful for my husband’s cooking. That’s what I am grateful for. I can’t cook for nuts. While my husband is away at sea it’s Lean Cuisine all the way. Microwave ready in four minutes. Easy-peasy. I don’t know what my son and I survived on all those years but I must have cooked a passable dinner or two at some stage in my life while my husband was away, as we are all still here.
I’m grateful for my hair. I have finally hit the volume-and-shine jackpot after years of illness and very few brushworthy hairs of note. I have finally turned a corner on the right medications and my hair is making it’s way down to my waist. I plan to get it there and flaunt it for all its worth.
I’m grateful for flat shoes. Anything over two inches high is a vertigo no-go zone for me. I like comfortable, flat, dependable shoes. I have a better grip on this earth and on my faculties, as I am not living in fear of falling on my face in the latest must-have fashion essentials. Kudos to those who try and do well at it. My sympathies in 20 years time for the irreparable damage that has been done.
I’m grateful to the woman down the road who saved my dog from being mauled to death by a much larger mutant dog from around the corner. My dog is grateful. My vet is even more grateful.
I’m grateful for deodorant. Yes indeed. There are people out there who could benefit a little more in the way of personal hygiene with the use of a good-quality personal deodorant. I like to keep an extra spray can in my bag for when I’m out and about. You just never know.
I’m grateful for chocolate. Who isn’t? It’s a happy snack, a sad snack and an anytime snack. Enough said.
And I’m always grateful for Johnny Depp. The man is brilliant.
…and the list goes on. It isn’t complete and it probably never will be. Being aware at times of all the ‘things’ in life that we could be grateful for is an eye opener in itself.