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Things I am Grateful & Thankful For

Updated on May 6, 2012

Waking to a New Day

When I wake in the morning, I know it's for a reason
When I wake in the morning, I know it's for a reason | Source

Too often we take life for granted so I'm taking a moment to write down what I'm thankful and grateful for. At 50 years old I've seen a lot of life and my value system has changed. Illness, death and all the curve balls life throws at us can help us grow or beat us down.

My curve balls have helped me live one day at a time, knowing that if I wake up, I am meant to be here contributing to life in whatever way I can for one more day.

I am thankful to be surrounded by so much love and grateful I have learned to write so I can share my life experiences or make room inside myself to take on more challenges.

My Top 10 Gratitude List

I live in a world filled with so much abundance it's hard not to be grateful. I am thankful for so many things but the things in my life that I am most grateful for are ...

10) the clean, plentiful cold and hot water we have access to, as well as the fresh local food; I am grateful for the fruits of the land and the labor of our local farmers.

9) the accessibility of our transportation system; taking the bus in a three wheel scooter for months now and it has given me unbelievable freedom. The BC Transit drivers are kind and very patient, it makes it not so embarrassing to ride the bus with mobility issues.

8) the pool, exercise facilities and staff at the Esquimalt Recreation Center, I appreciate the gear and the warm pool! Everyone there is so ready and willing to help, it's a great community center.

7) the knowledge and care of the people giving me pool therapy rehabilitation treatment and physio therapy fromLifemark, they are giving me back my legs and the rest of my body. They are patient and have a good sense of humor, which I appreciate on bad days.

6) the outstanding care I have received over and over again from the doctors and nurses working out of the Victoria General Hospital, the Royal Jubilee Hospital and the Westside Integrated Health Clinic in Victoria, BC, Canada. If we lived in the USA we would have gone bankrupt. If we lived in Ontario I might be dead. I am truly grateful for the health care system in BC, Canada and for the quality of care I received and continue to receive.

The Gratitude Dance, Do It!

5) having parents, that even though they are sick themselves and 80 years old, stayed and cared for my family for 4 months when I took ill, I don't know what we would have done without them, they reminded us what family means.

4) our friends who have stood by and been the support we have needed to get through, without needing to know details. Our girl has been well taken care of and I am so grateful for the loving friends we are surrounded by.

3) my young daughter and her ability to stand by me being admitted into the hospital in the middle of the night over and over again, and still crawling into bed with me every night and every morning when I'm home, she is my reason d'etre.

2) my husband whose world has changed beyond recognition and who hasn't complained once. His workload has tripled and he is there to help me constantly. He is supportive of my healing process and has encouraged me to try new things that which has been amazingly good for me. I would not be writing if it wasn't for him. He is my world and I'm excited about our future together!

1) my spiritual awareness and peacefulness, for my angels and God, for my ability to love and accept and for my ability look for new life opportunities everyday that I wake up.

an amazing reality check

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @ FSlovenec - and it's the daily blessings in my life that I am constantly thankful for; thanks for commenting!

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      Frank Slovenec 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Appreciating and being thankful sets the positive tone for everyday life. So much to be thankful, however it is easy to focus on the one problem or situation rather than the many blessings. Good Hub very good reminder.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      Christy; we all need a reminder once in a while ... nice to meet another best coaster! ;O)

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for sharing Bernard, that is lovely.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      An excellent reminder to enjoy the positivity around us! I am in BC too, wow what a great coincidence as I ready your great hub! :)

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      In the heart of every baby

      you’ll find the beautiful love of God

      In the sparkle of every shining star

      is the brilliance of God’s genius

      In every drop of precious water

      is the immeasurable kindness of God

      When you touch the texture of a leaf

      you feel the gentleness of God

      It’s a wonderful privilege

      to love God and say thank you

      There’s a very special feeling you get inside

      when you care for and look after God’s creation

      It’s so rich and so meaningful

      to be living each day to please God

      Giving God gratitude

      brings more miracles

      into your life.

      © Bernard Levine

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      tebo; thanks for taking the time to read and comment, really glad you enjoyed it.

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      tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

      What a lovely hub. It sounds like the treatment you are receiving is helping you which is very good. It is important to think about what is good in our lives. Well written hub.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      millionaire: my attitude has not always been great, it's been a long run and I have only started to feel like myself again, for about a week now. I am so grateful for my support system, they have stood beside me and brought me back to life ... thanks for reading.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      Sonya; glad you thought this was beautiful, I appreciate life everyday, just had to say it.

      thanks for taking the time to comment and read.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I am so sorry, I didn't realize you were going through all this, but I am glad that you have a wonderful support system standing by you. You've maintained a great attitude. We should all take the time to be grateful for what we do have.

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      Sonya L Morley 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      This is very moving, it is so important to stop and appreciate all the love and blessings we have. This hub is beautiful.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      LadyLyell; losing my health has stepped up our future plans and, even though I do appreciate what we have, we want to have our dreams together too. Thanks for your insight.

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      All too often we can complain of what we don't have, maybe human nature. When we lose our health it makes us appreciate what we do have especially loved ones.

      Wishing you well!

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      ananceleste, thanks for your words, they are much appreciated, I feel blessed

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Hello dear;

      You have a very blessed life indeed. Surrounded by the love and care of these wonderful people gives you the courage to keep moving forward. This only the beginning of your spiritual journey that will keep blessing you and those around you.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      thank you billybuc, I needed to take a moment and acknowledge how grateful I am for those in my life. The years ahead are going to be filled with new adventures that bring promise of much happiness and healthy living and love. Thanks for taking a moment to read my thoughts.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      Rachel; that's a good idea to do it as part of daily routine, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is the loveliest hub I have read in a very long time. I wish you are speedy recovery and many years of happiness ahead.

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      Rachel 5 years ago

      Good hub! Voted up. We should all take a few moments as a daily exercise to think about what we are grateful for in our lives, even the most basics that we have so much of in Canada.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks kayha; I'm also grateful that you read and enjoyed the article ;O)

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      kayha 5 years ago

      Lovely hub. With everything that is going on we often forget that there are plenty of things to be grateful for. Thanks!