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30 Days of Thanksgiving–Part 3

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Today concludes my naming of 30 things (one for each day of November) for which I’m thankful:

21. Four seasons. Does it get boring to just have hot/dry and cold/wet seasons? People near the equator don’t get to see the leaves change color or feel the joy of shedding coats, hats, gloves, and boots.

22. Modern meteorology, forecasting, and communication. It’s not perfect, but we often have advance notice of severe weather.

23. Sunshine, especially in the winter. It may not actually warm things up, but it helps my attitude and feeling of well-being.

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24. Coffee, hot chocolate, hot tea, but mostly coffee. I love the feeling of comfort and well-being that accompany warm drinks. Is that because we tend to sip warm drinks, so it means a break from the hustle and bustle of normal life?

25. Exercise. I don’t get enough, and I don’t always like it. But, I’m glad it’s something we can do “for our health and for fun,” and not like it often has been in the past, and still is for many people in the world, where they must do so much physical labor it literally wears them out at a young age.

26. Indoor plumbing. Remember–it’s winter in South Dakota.

27. Written & oral history. Our history is sometimes ugly, but could you imagine if you didn’t know anything that happened before your birth? How would we put anything into perspective?

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28. Fire fighters and police officers. Every day they go to work, they risk injury and death.

29. The spouses and children of fire fighters and police officers. They live with a daily stress I can only imagine.

30. Mrs. Turner, my junior high English teacher, who encouraged me to take her high school journalism class. Sometimes it just takes one teacher to say “You can do it!”

My previous 30 Days of Thanksgiving posts: Part 1 and Part 2.

What are you thankful for?

30 Days of Thanksgiving–Part 2

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In an effort to live a life of gratitude, I am naming 30 things (one for each day of November) I’m thankful for. I’m not taking my health, friends, family, and material blessings for granted, but I’m challenging myself to think beyond those things.

I posted Part 1 last week.

I’m thankful for:

11. Snow plow operators. I live in South Dakota. Winter can last six months. ‘Nuff said.

12. The ability to read.

13. My mom. She passed her love of reading to me–by example, by buying books and magazines, and by letting me go to the library on my own.

14. School and public libraries. I spent many childhood and adolescent hours in libraries. I still do.

October color in South Dakota. Photo by Deb Watley

October color in South Dakota.
Photo by Deb Watley

15. A beautiful South Dakota October. Now that winter has hit, October seems more precious.

16. The internet.

17. My mother-in-law. She once held my hair when the stomach flu got the best of me.

18. Time to catch-up with friends.


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19. Veterans, including my brother, my mother, my father, two uncles, my grandfather, and my father-in-law. Thank you for serving! Happy Veterans Day!

20. My nephew, who is currently serving in the Army.

What are you thankful for?

30 Days of Thanksgiving–Part 1

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Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite holidays. But I’m determined to be thankful everyday, to live a life of gratitude, expressing it to others and especially to the One from whom all good things come.

This month I will name 30 things (one for each day of November) I’m thankful for. I’m not taking my health, friends, family, and material blessings for granted, but I’m challenging myself to think beyond those things.

I’m thankful for:

1. Electricity–yes, a material blessing, but something I’m very glad to have, especially as winter darkness descends on the Northern Plains.

 

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2. Color–Isn’t it wonderful we don’t live in a monochromatic world? Did you know there are colors our eyes can’t see?

3. Memory–In a family who’s dealt with lots of dementia, I’m very glad to remember who I am and who my loved ones are.

4. Ability to sleep all night.–I remember what it’s like to have small children.

5. Right to vote.

6. Piano lessons my parents made me take.

7. Music.

8. Stories.

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9. Snowflakes. Each one is unique. None is this big!

10. Not getting that Barbie house I wanted as a child. I had hours of fun making cardboard boxes and household items into my own Barbie house.

What are you thankful for? How do you cultivate a life of gratitude?