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Things To Be Thankful For

Updated on March 28, 2014

Often, the smallest things in life count the most

So often, all we hear is people around us complaining about things. In fact, we ourselves are often guilty of it at least a dozen times a day. Many times, we complain about such trivial things. Things which really aren't important, especially when one thinks that so many people out there have a lot less than we have, yet they seem content with their lot in life.

So what if the pizza is slightly cold when it arrives? At least there is food to eat. Many folk out there don't even have the resources to buy a loaf of bread to feed their families each day. The water may not be as hot as we like for our shower. Be thankful that there is enough water to shower with. Many people in developing countries have to fight tooth and nail to find enough clean drinking water each day, never mind enough water for a hot shower!

Not one of us can say that we have never complained about something in life. That's why I thought I would compose a hub that would enable us to stop, and think about just how much we actually do have, that we ought to be thankful for. Below is just a short list of the many thing I am thankful for each day:

Sunrises - every one is different.
Sunrises - every one is different.


As insignificant as some of these may seem, to me, they represent the opportunity for a new beginning each day. I am thankful for each one, as it reminds me that each day should be started afresh, with no regrets from the day before.

The Internet:

Without this valuable tool, my blog and many others, as well as other rich sources of valuable information, would cease to exist. I am thankful that it is available to us, even though at times, we may complain that it is slow or intermittent. Most importantly, it is there.

Line Dried Clothing and Bedding:

There are few things better than being able to crawl under the duvet and sheets at night, and being able to 'smell' the sunshine and fresh air.

My Job:

Right now, I think that anyone who is able to be self-employed or who has a full-time job outside the home, has a lot to be thankful for. Many folk have no idea as to where their next rent payment or meal will be coming from.

Loose Change on the Sidewalk:

If no one is willing to offer these poor orphaned coins a home, I am more than willing to step in and lend a hand.

Animals are often better than people.
Animals are often better than people.

Animals and Wildlife:

Often, I have found the companionship of animals and wildlife far more appealing than that of many human specimens roaming our planet. Animals are 100% non-judgemental, and will always love you, no matter what.

Air Travel:

Over the years, air travel has made it possible for us to be able to be with loved ones and friends across the country, and the world, in a matter of hours. I am thankful for this, as it has been instrumental in the making and maintaining of many friendships along the way.

Flush Toilets:

Seriously, need I say more? Imagine life without these. Crappy to say the pun intended.

My Pets:

Yip, in many people's eyes, they are 'only hamsters,' but they have brought me so much joy, and are always good company, even though they generally have nothing to say for themselves!

Public Holidays:

I am thankful for these, as they allow me to catch up with day to day life in general, while also enabling me to make an often futile attempt at sleeping in!

My Built-in Alarm Clock:

This is one thing that I am extremely thankful for, as this prevents me from levitating into next week when an alarm clock goes off. As regular as clockwork (no pun intended), I wake up 5 to 10 minutes before my scheduled alarm every morning without fail.

My Mountainbike:

She may not be the latest or greatest model on the market, but my 2005 Diamondback Ascent EX mountainbike serves her purpose. It's a brilliant bike for commuting to and from the office a few days a week, or simply for taking long, uninterrupted rides in search of that often elusive peace and quiet.

Elderly Folk:

I am thankful for the elderly folk around me, because I have learned such a lot from them, and their anecdotes are often hilarious enough to keep a person in stitches for hours on end. What we have not yet learned, they have already forgotten.

Computers and Technology:

Without computers, posts like these would have taken a hell of a long time to write by hand!

People That Work on Weekends to Make My Life Convenient and Safer:

Hats off to the emergency services, doctors, and even sales people who work on weekends to make out lives more convenient. Without them being on duty, things would be rather inconvenient indeed.

The Game of Paintball:

Strange as it may sound, but I am very thankful to whoever invented the game of paintball. It has proven to be a brilliant stress reliever for me, and has also enabled me to meet a few wonderful people along the way.

Hot Meals:

So many people take a good, hot meal for granted each day. So many people out there are very lucky if they are able to access nutritious food once or twice a week, or even less often. I am thankful for what I have in this regard.

The Ability to Manage my Own Finances:

This may sound strange, but I am truly thankful that I am able to manage and maintain my own finances, and that I no longer have to rely on a broker for this. It has been an interesting learning curve along the way, but it has been well worth it.

Last But Certainly Not Least

I am more than thankful for my husband who is not only supportive but who encourages the work I do and who appreciates all that I do for him (as I appreciate all that he does for me as well). I couldn't have asked for a better partner.

Those are the things I can think of offhand that I am thankful for each day. Some may seem trivial, but to me, each is as important as the other.

The next time you complain about something, take a moment to stop and think. So many people out there would give anything to have what you have, even though you may not think you have much.


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    • Shona Venter profile imageAUTHOR

      Shona Venter 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you, UrsulaRose. You're right though. So often we are wrapped up in our own gormless little lives that we forget to take a moment to think of those who have a lot less than we do.

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      7 years ago

      Well written, inspiring hub article.

      Thankfully we have lovely people like you in the world.

      We all have so very much to be grateful so thanks for the reminder Shona. :-)

    • Shona Venter profile imageAUTHOR

      Shona Venter 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you, Wendy :-)

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      Wendy Krick 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Beautiful hub. Happiness always starts with being grateful for what we have. And we have really been blessed.

    • Shona Venter profile imageAUTHOR

      Shona Venter 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks swosugrad09. You are 100% right there. Sometimes we all just need to stop and remind ourselves what we do have, instead of lamenting over what we don't have :-)

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      8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great hub! I really like your sun set pic! Thankfulness for the simple things in life is often times what keeps us going during the difficult times.

    • Shona Venter profile imageAUTHOR

      Shona Venter 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Spot on correct with the pic, Tony. It was taken in 2008 after the Dispatch Cycle Tour that day. The one and only tour I've managed to complete so far. Most other times, I end up being sidetracked by the scenery and taking pics instead of finding the finish line!

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Gratitude for even the smnallest and simplest of things, things we often take for granted, is really so important. Thanks for this well-written and timely reminder.

      BTW that pic of your bike looks as though it was taken at East London, am I right?

      Love and peace



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