I am Grateful

I know the title sounds like a dish at Cafe Gratitude, but it is exactly how I am feeling right now. I am grateful.

The husband of one of my co-workers died unexpectedly last week. I had never met him, but she is about my age, active, smart, a busy woman who takes care of her grandchildren in addition to her full time job.

My friends, Amy and Jeff, are still dealing with Jeff’s brain cancer, the effects of chemo, keeping things as “normal” as possible for the children, and all the other challenges that are now a part of their lives. And yet they are two of the most positive people that I know. If you want a taste of their joy in life, check out their facebook page.

I sometimes get caught up in the small annoyances, inconveniences, and discomforts in my world, and forget how lucky that I am. So, to give myself a smack on the head a la Gibbs, I need to take a moment to reflect about everything that is good in my life.

I go to bed every night with a full stomach, in my comfy bed, in the home that I own.

I’ve been married to my best friend for 13 years. Actually today, as I write this, is the 17th anniversary of our first date. Yes, we both remember that.


I have the job of my dreams. I help people get and stay healthy, prolong their lives, feel better. What could be better?

My body is strong and healthy. I am able to run, ride, lift weights, then get up and do it again the next day.


I have two wonderful sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and of course, my grandson Samuel.


I also have a great step-son, his gorgeous wife, and darling twin grandsons, Cash and Dane.

My small (but growing) family includes my lovely niece, my amazing sister and her husband, and many cousins (including Marcia and Michelle who read my blog).

I have my dogs. Penny, who is my running partner; Sydney, my 12 year old blind cattledog; Goldie, also handicapped, with a compressed disk; Lily and Olivia, who we rescued off the streets several years ago, and Buddy, Alan’s running partner, who wandered to our house and never left.

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I am grateful for this blog. It gives me an outlet for my thoughts, rewarding opportunities, and what I think of as a record of my memories. Without the blog, I wouldn’t have you, the people who read, comment, and share the words I write. I think of you as friends and you have made my world brighter.

What are grateful for?

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  1. says

    I think it’s so important to remind ourselves of the wonderful things we have in our lives. Especially during times when life gets rough.
    I am grateful for my health, my amazing husband, living in paradise, days in the sunshine, and mornings when I wake up to the sound of rain on our roof.
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  2. says

    This is such a great reminder. I was walking with a friend who found out her dad has cancer… instead of making me sad having lost my dad to cancer, I took the moment to be grateful I had such an amazing father for 26 years.

    Side note: I ordered a dish at Cafe Gratitude just so they would have to tell me “You are Super.” LOL!
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  3. says

    I am so addicted to fixating on my shortcomings and very hesitant to connect with my blessings. Probably part of the human condition. There are so many things I am grateful for. I’m not going to list them out here, but I am genuinely working on focusing on them more often. Thanks for reminding me.
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  4. says

    We so often forget to be grateful for the small things in our everyday hectic lives. A loving family and good health are what I am most grateful for.

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