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There’s this twitter feed that I subscribe to, Tiny Budda which is pretty darn awesome and I suggest that you check it out. Sometimes, it gives one inspiration for the day or just something neat to think about when you’re sitting there thinking about nothing in particular. Today on their blog, they list “25 Awesome Things that We Take for Granted”. I thought that I would share the list here since it gives you a pretty down-to-earth perspective on the little things that we all take for granted, which aren’t all that little at all really.
Personally, there are some days where #1 on this list is enough to be thankful for but if you need something else, #25 is pretty darn cool too.
- You woke up breathing. No matter what happens in the hours ahead, you can come back to your breath for a sense of peace and presence.
- You have the freedom to choose what you’ll do today, even if you have some limitations. Sometimes we take it for granted, but what we do on a daily basis truly is our choice.
- You had a bed to sleep in. Even if you didn’t get as much sleep as you’d like to, you had the opportunity to rest somewhere relatively peaceful.
- There isn’t a hurricane, tornado, typhoon or other natural disaster going on outside your door.
- You have the means to eat three meals today, even if one of them is Top Ramen (or spam and rice, as my boyfriend made on our first night in our new place).
- Your roof isn’t leaking copious amounts of water directly on your head.
- Your significant other is alive and healthy, albeit a loud snorer, an off-key shower singer, or a consistent maker of ridiculously strong coffee.
- Your shower works—with hot water—meaning you don’t have to go to work with bed-head or skin that smells like night sweat.
- If you don’t have work to go to, you have endless possibilities for your future. Right now might be a little uncomfortable, but your future is completely open, ready to be seized and enjoyed.
- The sun is shining, giving you all those feel-good brain chemicals (the sun actually increases serotonin production—it’s a natural mood lifter!)
- You don’t have Wicked Witch of the West syndrome, meaning that if it’s raining, you likely won’t melt.
- Your closet didn’t catch fire overnight, meaning you don’t have to go to work naked or fashion an outfit out of hefty bags.
- Your iPod works, so you can listen to your favorite tunes during your commute.
- If you don’t have an iPod, you probably have access to music somehow—radio, streaming music online, your mom’s old 8-tracks. Music is such a powerful mood lifter that we can access any time.
- If you drive, your favorite morning radio show is on and it’s so funny you almost don’t care about the gridlock traffic.
- As for that gridlock traffic, the fact that you’re in it means you have a working car.
- Your computer works, meaning you won’t need IT guys to come help you, disrupting your usual flow.
- You have a cell phone, even if it isn’t an iPhone, Droid, or Blackberry. (Mine is none of the above.) Even a bulky, old-school cell phone that can’t connect to the Internet can make life world’s easier.
- You have an office or workspace, even if it’s shared, meaning you can get things done relatively efficiently allowing for free time later this evening.
- If you’re like me and don’t have an office or workspace, you have the freedom to work wherever you want. Go work under a tree for a while—you can!
- You received some type of email that lets you know someone cares about you, even if it’s one of those chain emails your grandmother sends to the special people in her life.
- If you didn’t get one of those emails, you have the capacity to send one (mass-emailed or personalized) to make a meaningful difference in someone else’s day.
- You got a call or voicemail from someone you miss, giving you the opportunity for connection and even a little shared nostalgia.
- If you didn’t get that call, you have access to a phone, meaning you can make one. Any day you connect meaningfully with someone else has the potential to be a great day.
- Someone somewhere loves you, so no matter what happens in the day ahead, you’ll get through it with the support of people who care.
One of the best parts of fall and our house is that we have an orchard full of apples. All you have to do is walk by, reach out and grab one right from the branch. It is especially convenient when you want to make a quick dessert for dinner that night. Nothing easier than going out and picking your own apples for some apple pie.
Can you see the little swirls of smoke escaping from the pie? Yum…it was delicious. This was before my stomach aliens took over and I’ve been eating nothing that exciting or delicious.