After yesterday’s gratitude post—which covered some major things—it will take a bit more time for me to come up with five things that I’m thankful for. Specifically, I’m going to take more time to be thankful for the little things. There was a time in my life when I didn’t think that the little things were that important, but a dear friend of mine pointed out that they were, and from then on I’ve encountered many a moment when I’ve come to agree. They add up, positive and negative, and it’s so much easier to get hung up on the bad stuff.
I am thankful for:
- Having the opportunity to go out with friends/co-workers and go bowling. I had a wonderful time and we all had lots of laughs. I was better than I thought I might be; my highest score was 80-something, I think, and, while I have a lot of room for improvement, it’s something I found I want to pursue as a very casual hobby!
- Knowing how to cook. I’m currently staying at a hotel that has a kitchenette and it’s great to be able to cook meals for myself. Not only am I saving money but I’m also eating healthier than I would be if I had to order out all the time.
- Hotel fitness rooms. Being able to get a weighted workout in without having to get a foreign gym daypass is a blessing. Also, being able to get my cardio in without having to go outside in the cold when I failed to pack warmer workout clothes is also marvelous.
- Financial stability. I have a decent-paying job and so does Scott. I appreciate not being as stressed as I used to be earlier in my life when I was struggling a bit more to manage finances.
- My intelligence. I’m not always right, or even half the time, but I’m grateful to be able to take new information and come to an updated conclusion without too much internal fuss. I don’t generally hang on to previous beliefs too hard if there is new evidence that disproves them. I’m happy to be able to overcome my emotional attachment to ideas when presented with new data.