What are you grateful for right now?

Sometimes it’s good to just stop and be…especially when there is so much going on.

My head hurts – it has for a whole week. So much is going on in my mind, I’m actually giving myself a head ache. Even a 20 minute massage yesterday didn’t help.

So today – at this moment in time – I’m hitting the pause button, to remind myself what I am grateful for right now.

  • My dog. I love my dog. She had an operation last week, and I was afraid I would lose her. But she’s bouncing back, and that makes me relieved and happy;
  • The sun. I love the sun – even though it burns my pasty white skin and gives me freckles. The sun provides warmth, light and life;
  • Having a good car. For years I survived on having really run down cars, and I would always be afraid that they would breakdown. Once, driving down the freeway, the back axle of my car broke, and the back tyres went rolling down the freeway in front of me. The car then burst into flames, and I lost control. Luckily I managed to get the car across 3 lanes of traffic into the emergency stopping lane, and even luckier still – a man with a fire extinguisher pulled up behind me. I had my Mum in the car with me that day. We could have both been badly injured or worse. We were lucky. I am so thankful for being able to buy myself a new, reliable car;
  • Being alive. I feel that I’ve had more than my own fair share of ‘near death’ experiences for my age, like the earlier example, or like the time we nearly plummeted off a cliff. Then there’s the times I nearly drowned – thus I now have a phobia of water. For years I was also depressed and didn’t want to be alive. Now I do. I love being alive;
  • Hands. Without hands I wouldn’t be able to write, and writing brings me a degree of sanity. So without hands, I might find myself slightly insane…
  • Great music. I was brought up by parents who loved rock music. Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Police, Fleetwood Mac…their love of music instilled in me a desire to explore my own music tastes. I’ve explored everything from rock, to metal, grunge, pop, boy bands, drum n’ bass, trance and dance, world, R’n’B, and so on. I love music. I would be lost without it;
  • 2010. Now that was a bad year. It was the worst one I’ve had in a long time. Cancer, death, bullying, sickness, fights, lost friendships, money worries, and so on. But 2010, with all it’s bad stuff actually taught me so much – and there were some amazing highlights! I got to see Fleetwood Mac live with my Mum, brother and sister!

Now it’s your turn.

STOP what you are doing.

Stop thinking.

Stop everything.

What are you grateful for – right now?

9 thoughts on “What are you grateful for right now?

  1. A beautiful and thought-provoking piece Janine! 🙂

    I am grateful for my parents whom I love and who love me very much. They are the best! I am grateful for having a sister who has on various occasions given me useful advice.

    I’m grateful for my dog too..she’s 14, I’m constantly worried about the short doggie life span but at the same time I cherish having her in my life.

    I am grateful for friends who value our friendship. I am grateful for sight, sound and as you said, hands. I am grateful for the basic nature of people which I’ve recently discovered, is good.

    So many things to be grateful for..I can’t fit them all here! But I’ll mention one more, I’m grateful that mankind learnt to express itself through the art of writing..what would the world be without it!!

  2. We all have so much to be grateful for. I am grateful for my life, my home, my family, my work, my friends, the trees in my yard, this crazy computer, and on and on it goes! Thank you for asking us all to stop and think!

  3. I’m also grateful for music. Especially the Tron soundtrack. I’m also thankful for Pandora which makes it easy to zone out and work. I’m also thankful for late night inspirations that lead to fun work.

  4. I am grateful that I have some of the most amazing people as friends

    I am grateful for the most beautiful kids as nephew and niece….they make life so much more beautiful!!

    Though 2010 had me unemployed for a long time…it bought out the writer in me..I am grateful for that.

    I am grateful for the circle of blog friends I have formed through my blog.

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