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It is September 30th. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t written a new post for this blog in nearly three months and I have no

stop and smell the roses

Sometimes all you need to do is stop and smell the flowers to recognize all the things you are thankful to have.

excuse for it. I could tell you that I let life get the best of me pulling me  away from brainstorming uplifting posts for this blog. Or I could tell you that I’ve been so busy teaching a bunch of classes such as Zumba, Ballet and sexy flexy that time got away from me. But I won’t. Instead, I’ll hang my head in shame as I explain that I simply did not make the blog a priority. As a result, TerrificWords blog fell by the wayside. However, there is a bright side. My hiatus from the blog allowed me to stop and smell the roses. Despite the hectic, crazy and sometimes depressing days, my ability to do some soul searching and recognize all that was truly important. In the hopes that one day you will soon be able to recognize the little things, I’m sharing my list of 25 things to be thankful for everyday. Perhaps, in time recalling these small blessings will help you recognize your many large victories.

1. The loose change in your pocket or money in the bank.

Even if it’s not a lot, it’s certainly more than what many people have. You are rich even if you don’t realize it.

2. All the major and minor setbacks you’ve encountered.

Even if you don’t see it now, those setbacks have made you the strong person you are today.

3. The tears you’ve cried.

When there are no words, you can always count on them to express what your voice can’t.

4. Imagination.

For allowing you to dream big.

5. Your laughter no matter how hideous it may sound.

The sound of a hearty chuckle or gently giggle is like music to the ears

6. Your nose and the ability to smell

For giving you the opportunity to stop and smell the roses.

7. Your parents

Even if they were horrible, you can’t help but smile knowing that they gave you life.

8. Internet access

Though second nature to you, it’s often not in reach for others.

9. A warm coat

As the temperature begins to drop on the east coast, remember you are one of the few who can reach in the closet for clothing to protect you from the blistering cold.

10. The ability to love

Even if you haven’t found “the one” imagine  what a different world it would be if you couldn’t feel love’s embrace.

11. Your mind

It may not be as sharp as you’d like, but I’m willing to bet your mind has helped you think, dream and come up solutions you never thought you could imagine.

12. Phones

For making it easier to connect and build meaningful relationships

13. Passing Time

You may not think there is enough it, but it’s certainly something we shouldn’t take for granted. There are far too many who’s time has run out.

14. A bed to sleep on

The bed you lay your head on is responsible for those peaceful nights

15. The ability to read.

The fact that you are reading this now, speaks volumes. Many can’t do the same. Be thankful that you can.

16. Pain

Though not pleasant, suffering has allowed you to recognize life’s simple pleasure and know a richer and more fulfilling life when you see one.

17. Scandal

I may not be a fan, but I know some people are extremely thankful the television show has returned to give them something to do on Thursday nights.

18. Your voice

For allowing you to express yourself.

19. Diversity

For learning to appreciate people from all walks of life. Can you imagine what this world would be like if we were all the same?

20. Sun

For lighting up the world when we need it most.

21. Hair

It may just be dead protein growing on your head, but that protein has a way of making us feel beautiful. That’s a beauty many people long for.

22. Passion

Whether it’s cancer research, a hobby, or an injustice, be thankful that you’ve found something you are passionate enough to fight for. Sometimes those are the things that make life worth living.

23.  Holidays and birthdays

A reason to celebrate is ALWAYS something to be thankful for

24. Your ability to learn

Your ability to learn is only a sign of your immense sign of potential. As long as you are armed with knowledge, there’s nothing you can’t do.

25. You

Be thankful that you are here and the person you are as I’m sure you’ve certainly touched someone with your presence.

 

Did I miss anything? What things are you most thankful for in life?

TERRIfic Quip: There is happiness to be found in every moment.

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