16
Aug

We are on day 3 of The Gratitude Challenge, and I am surprised at the effect it has already had on my perspective.  Yesterday we were asked to use the alphabet as a guide for taking an inventory of all the things I am grateful for. I thought this task would be quick and simple, but I must admit it took me a while to come up with things for even the simplest letters, like “m” and “p.”  I knew that the more difficult letters like “q” and “x” would be tough, but the other letters really surprised me.  As a result, this exercise left me really uncomfortable.

Fortunately things turned around and as I went through today items randomly popped into my head.  For instance in church this morning the word Madonna came to me.  Yes, I realize it’s ironic the that I realized that I was thankful for Madonna while I was in church, but it also made me realize that I am thankful for all kinds of music.

So, I decided to rewrite my list after my day of revelations and share it with you. I am sure it will keep evolving throughout this experience, but I think that just means that this is working and I am being more aware and therefore, more thankful.

From A- Z, I am thankful for…

A – Annie, my sister.  No one makes me laugh the way she does.

B – Bradley, my husband. I am lucky to have married my best friend.

C – Chocolate. The great de-stresser.

D – Dogs.  No one can life my spirits like my pup and his big black eyes.

E – Earth. This place is beautiful.

F – Family. My big fat Italian family. They’re loud. They’re crazy. They made me who I am.

G – God.

H – hahaha. I am thankful for laughter.

I – Italian.  Though I tell everyone I am American, I am happy I grew up with Italian parents and the traditions that they instilled in me.

J – The two great J’s in my life. Jesus is one and my dad, Jerry is the other.

K – Kisses.

L – Lattes. They always hit the spot.

M – Madonna.  There is no better performer in my book. Period.

N – Nonni (aka my grandparents).  I am thankful that all my grandparents are still alive and that I had the privilege of living with each of them during some part of my life.

O – Organization. I am actually glad that I’m a planner.

P – Pancakes.  Especially, sharing pancakes with great friends and family.

Q – Quotes.  Funny ones. Inspiring ones. Profound ones. They always make you feel something.

R – Rosie. My mamma. I can tell her anything.

S – Spin Class. There is no better way to unwind after a crazy day.

T – Tulips. My fave. The cheer up any room.

U – USC. Proud to be a Trojan.

V – Vacations.  They make up some of my favorite memories.

W – Walks. I am grateful that my husband forces us to walk our dog together as it reminds us to spend time talking to each other.

X – XOXO. Hugs and Kisses.

Y – Yogurt. Preferably frozen.

Z – Zoos. They are just fun.

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3 Responses

  1. Chandra says:

    Wow! Gratitude Challenge! I’m thinking I can get on board with this challenge. I’m inspired to begin my own gratitude list.

  2. alice q. says:

    I’m loving your list, thanks for the lift! I’m going to join the challenge and see how many people I can get involved at work.

  3. Vito Wehrman says:

    Madonna is one of the best celebs in history. I definitely wish she keeps on singing.

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