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.