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Today’s Gratitude List + August 2015 Gratitude Linkup

Sometimes I forget just how privileged and blessed I am to enjoy so many things which I often take for granted as being basic parts of everyday life, yet which many others in this world either don’t have or must struggle to obtain. I forget, and I grumble when things don’t go my way… and am immediately humbled when reminded just how fortunate I am. So today’s gratitude list is about stepping back to take a look at some of those “basics” and focus on giving thanks.


In no particular order, here is my own gratitude list for this moment in time. I hope that after reading it you’ll go on to write and share your own!

  • Living in a peaceful part of the world where I am free to come and go as I please with little or no fear of danger or violence.
  • Reliable access to fresh, clear, running water for drinking, bathing, and cleaning – with no more physical effort required on my part than the twist of a tap or the flush of a toilet.
  • Earning a salary that’s sufficient to pay the bills, put food on the table, entertain ourselves, and even buy some extras.
  • Having a more than ample amount of clothes, shoes, and even accessories and therefore never having to worry about whether I’ll have anything to wear.
  • Living in a country that provides its citizens with access to excellent publicly-funded health care.
  • Enjoying the additional benefit of extended medical and dental coverage through my employer.
  • The support and friendship of my employer and co-workers.
  • Having a job while living in a city with a high rate of unemployment.
  • Being able to work from home, eliminating the need to commute to the office.
  • Being able to work part-time, giving me additional time to pursue outside interests.
  • Owning a comfortable, spacious home that’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • Owning a reliable, fuel-efficient vehicle and never having to worry about how to get from place to place.
  • Having access to the internet.
  • The convenience of a multitude of electronic gadgets – laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle…
  • Hours of entertainment on our shelves full of books, music, and movies.
  • Having access to borrow even more books, music, and movies – as many as I could possibly want – for free, through our public library system.
  • Enjoying great physical health in spite of not always taking the very best care of myself.

Now it’s your turn!

How to get involved in the Gratitude Linkup

Note: This linkup will be open for the entire month, so feel free to add as many gratitude posts as you choose to write in August!

  1. Write and post a gratitude list in your own blog.
  2. Click the “add your link” button below and share your gratitude post.
  3. Click “get the InLinkz code” below and add the linkup code to your post.
  4. Visit and comment on some of the posts listed in the Gratitude Linkup.

P.S.Here’s some background on why I started the Gratitude Linkup.

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NaBloPoMo August 2015

Gratitude Circle

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.