30 Things I Love
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?