1 Health. That I stand each morning and step forwards is a great thing. I am thankful to Doctors and drugs for keeping me in the shape I am in even if that in itself is challenging.
2 My best friend who is loving and loyal and accepting of me beyond every expectation.
3 Family. I have an amazingly wonderful family, I am one part of a huge family and I love being that one part.
4 My children. My six kids are wonderful, they have grown into fabulous human beings, I could list each of them separately they are very deserving of such treatment.
5 My brain. So far it seems to functioning well and I mention it as I have one mate died recently from a brain disorder and I have another good friend who is the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. So I am thankful that part of me is working ok.
6 A place to live. I am thankful I have been able to buy my old family home and live here. Its not perfect but its home and this house has been lived in by my family for nearly a hundred years and its great to be able to keep family connection going.
7 Work or rather that I don’t have to do any anymore. Retirement is a great state of mind and physical being, I can recommend it.
8 Writing/blogging has been my great love. Words and shaping them to create meaning is a daily challenge. I strive each day to meet the various challenges I undertake. That anyone reads my work I have always seen as a bonus, that they have liked what I wrote an even bigger bonus.
9 Living in Australia. We have great weather most of the year, it gets a tad hot in summer, but 90% of the year where I live its delightful.
10 Life. Not a day goes by where I am not impressed by the world around me. Sure there are lots of things not good but there is a lot to be grateful for, friends, ocean views, trees, the soil and the plants I neglect which appear to thrive under my neglect.
Written for: http://summat2thinkon.blogspot.ca/2014/04/ten-things-of-thankful-45-z-april-wordle.html
A wonderful list Michael. Great things to be thankful for indeed.
Thank you Jackie, they are indeed.
Such a beautiful list to read first thing in the morning – I must stop groaning and be thankful 🙂
Oh please do…lol…good morning Jen.
Morning Michael and whoosh 😉
oops whoosh even – hands too cold to type 😦
Cool done your way today?
lol and up your way I see 🙂
Beautiful here today, a little overcast but ok.
look at what you wrote last..:-) I thought you may have had cold fingers too!
take 3 – SHOOSH
These are wonderful things you shared about yourself.
Thank you Kim, I am a lucky man.
Thankful every day for #5…as long as it works the rest will be okay!
Thanks skipcote, interesting name, yes without 5 nothing else functions. Thanks again for your comment, please call again.
Wonderful list. I lived in Australia a bit and if I ever make it back, oh how thankful I’ll be!
Thank you it’s a good place to live.
Great list, Michael! You are blessed in many ways.
I am Gabriella I certainly am. Thanks for your comment. Have a good day.
What a lovely post and its good to have to think about it isnt it?
Thanks Justine and yes it is.
Great list, puts everything in perspective. I’m smiling more today 🙂
Hello Aileen, thank you for your comment, I am glad to hear you are smiling more today, I guess that suggests yesterday you weren’t?
I’m sure I did, but it never hurts to be reminded that we should all more grateful for what we have. Spending a productive morning in the garden and catching up on fellow bloggers’ latest offerings have nudged the corners of my mouth upwards just that little bit further 🙂
Well if have contributed to that then I am pleased. Have a good day/ evening.
Thank you RoSy.
Gratitude posts always make the day a little brighter! Thank you for reminding ME what I should be grateful for! Your list is universal (except the retirement thing, Im a little envious! 🙂 )
Your day will come, you have youth on your side still, don’t wish your life away.