30 Things I Love

As we approach the mid-way point of 2013, I can say with certainty that this has been a lemonade year, as in squeezing out the sour to make room for the sweet.

Losing my job in January has turned into incredible opportunities to live my dream and be my own boss.  Yes, most days are an odd combination of exhilarated terror, but at least I feel alive and even courageous.

God knew that this was the year I was ready to take flight, and with a not-so-gentle push, I was thrown from my secure nest.

I’m able to fly because of the things I love and because love surrounds me.  A dear friend said to me recently as many of us honored a milestone in his life, that he was glad he had grown to recognize that he is worthy and deserving of the love and grace in his life.

I feel the same way.

There was a time when I couldn’t possibly know or accept the goodness in life.  It was fine for you, but not for me.  I told myself that good things didn’t happen to people who had done the things I’d done.

Here is a small sample of the things I love, in no particular order:

1.  Blooming crepe myrtles and magnolias, neither of which I experienced as a child

2.  Saturday afternoon picnics with a bunch of former substance abusers who love to party sober

3.  Cuddling to Air Supply songs

4.  Dog conversations with Jazzy, Dora, Snickers and Whistles

5.  People conversations of weight and depth

6.  Beach strolls with frequent stoop-overs for treasures

7.  Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets with extra points for beaches or cruise ships

8.  Baseball games followed by fireworks

9.  Sixties music, country classics, gospel tunes and orchestration

10.  Burnt hot dogs and even more burned marshmallows

11.  Well-written words

12.  People with passion and conviction

13. Crisis-call friends

14.  Hot air balloon rides

15.  Snorkeling with my prescription mask

16.  Lazy Sunday afternoon

17.  Hearing my dad’s voice over the phone when I tell him I’m coming to see him

18.  Inspirational church services, especially with my favorite ministers

19.  In-person author talks

20.  Love notes that make me cry

21.  Laugh-out-loud greeting cards

22.  50% off everything in the store

23.  Friends who say, “call anytime,” and mean it

24.  Hummingbirds buzzing my head

25.  Swimming with dolphins

26.  Looking at pictures of my mom and remembering when we’d play badminton

27.  Gazing at her star in the sky

29.  Feeling her pride when I do something she’d like

30.  The woman I’ve become

I think I could continue this list forever; I didn’t even touch on my six months worth of nightly gratitude lists containing a rough total of 900 items.

I have a theory that those who dwell on their blessings are generally happier human beings.  Wouldn’t you agree?  So tell me, do you have a list of things you love?

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2 Comments

  1. Darlene says:

    I enjoyed reading this, thank you for sharing what you have. I agree that living in gratitude makes people happier, I can attest to this personally. Eight years ago I was lying on my death bed, literally, not able to do a single thing for myself… imagine miss control freak, perfectionist being humbled to the point of having to ask for help to even go to the washroom. I humbled myself, not only before others, but also to my Higher Power. I had to be brought literally to my death bed before I began my healing journey. I heard Earnie Larson (sp?) speak one day, he suggested we all write in a gratitude journal. I thought what do I have to lose? The more I wrote, the blessings began to reveal themselves. I was grateful for being able to go to the bathroom by myself, to be able to wash my own hair, and as time passed the night I was able to get on my knees and truly humble myself before God, I cried tears of joy. Shortly after I was able to run, today I dance, sing out of key and love like I’ve never been hurt before. Life is an amazing journey living in gratitude and when I need a wee reminder I stumble upon what I need to hear, like I did here on what you’ve shared with us. So thank you for sharing.

    Have a wonderful moment in time and know that your words have enhanced my gratitude! 🙂

    • Beth says:

      Hi Darlene,

      So good to thoughtful and personal response from you. Thank you for taking the time to write. You are definitely a miracle! I was touched by your words; thank you so much for sharing with our community.

      Many continued blessings to you!

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