What Are You Grateful For?

It’s easy to focus on what you don’t have. How about focusing on what’s right in front of you? Seems simple enough. It’s always easier said than done. Regardless, give it a try.

Monique, another dear friend, told me to list ten things I was grateful for. I’m usually an optimistic person, but shit sometimes hits the fan and I get into a funk. She noticed how down and out I was and offered words of wisdom. Now I am passing it on to you. I know you’ve heard this before, but sometimes you need a kick in the butt or more politely, a nudge on the shoulder. I prefer the ass kicking, but that’s me.

Try getting into the habit of focusing on everything you’ve been blessed with. Your list of ten will quickly grow.

10 Things I am Grateful For:

1. Another day of life.
Not everyone gets to wake up. Take full advantage of this moment; it’s the only time you are guaranteed. Stop living in the past, stop living in the future. I promise you have no freaken clue what’s going to happen tomorrow, so let it go.

2. My health.
I know so many people who struggle every day of their lives. Cancer eating away at their bodies, obesity weighing them down, depression clouding their minds-the list goes on. I struggle with some medical conditions so I don’t take for-granted days I thrive with energy. I have my legs, arms, feet, toes, all my senses.. how amazing is that!
3. Clean water and food.
I have options. When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. There are so many people that don’t have their basic needs met. That’s sad. A sad reality we don’t have to face.
4. Freedom.
I get to do what I love. I have the freedom to chase my dreams, to walk around with a bible, to come and go as I please-this is a beautiful thing. I’m thankful I was born and raised in America.
5. My relationship with Jesus.
This is the thing I am most grateful for.
6. Street Smarts and Common Sense.
Common sense is not that common. I know I didn’t have it as rough as other people, but I had to grow up fast in the streets of New York. I’m a different person now; what I learned being raised in Queens has helped me navigate through life. It has given me confidence in my ability to deal and interact with people. It has helped me to always be alert to my surroundings. This might sound dramatic, but when I walk down the streets I’m waiting for someone to jump me. BRING IT!
7. My relationship.
There’s a blessing in being single, but having someone to enjoy life with is a huge bonus. He puts a smile on my face every day, I love that. I love him.
8. Friends and Family.
They are my cheerleaders, they challenge me, push me and encourage me. I am thankful for each and every one of them. They know exactly who they are!
9. My ability to write.
Expressing myself through writing has been therapeutic. It’s apart of who I am; being able to share my heart with you all is a tremendous blessing.
10. The journey ahead.
By this time tomorrow I will be relaxing in Germany with a Triple Karmeliet in hand. Let the fun begin. PROST!
I hope my list has encouraged you to begin looking at all the amazing things you already have. 

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