On September 28 I begin the 59th year of my life. My fifties have been grand, and I have so much to be thankful for. In no particular order, following is a list of 59 things that I am tremendously grateful for:
- Breathing—the ability to breathe with ease
- My senses: taste, touch, vision, hearing, smell, equilibrium, intuition, and my sense of humor
- Health — body, mind, and spirit
- Connection with divinity, family, friends, and companion animals
- A world of ethnic cuisine to enjoy (especially Asian)
- Books and libraries
- Farmers—”no farms, no food”
- Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
- Gentle dog groomers who work with animals without scaring them
- Blue skies
- Mountains, log cabins
- Oceans, lakes, rivers, streams
- Music and singing (I’m a rock star in the car!)
- Exercise: yoga, bicycle riding, swimming, hiking
- First responders: Red Cross, firefighters, police, paramedics
- Teachers who make positive, life-long impressions on their students
- Healing: traditional, complementary, integrative, and alternative
- Color (especially green)
- Laughter, smiling
- Personal safety
- Treats: peppermint ice cream, red licorice, BBQ chips
- Intentional kindness
- Flying with a safety conscious pilot (Len) who keeps the ease of his passengers — seasoned or otherwise — in mind
- Mental acuity: focus, memory, concentration, and understanding
- Comfort with being alone (enjoy my own company), personal getaways
- Sunrises and sunsets
- Flowers, color
- Drinkable water that flows from a tap
- A roof over our heads
- Geothermal heat
- Proximity: we can walk or ride our bicycles to everything we need
- Indoor plumbing, electricity
- Volunteers and humanitarians such as hospice, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd, Conservation Society, Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, and Conservation International
- Curiosity, observation
- Color blindness — nonjudgment based on skin color
- People who leave places better than when they found them
- Ergonomic desk chairs
- Scented soy candles
- Glasses that help me to see clearly
- Physicians, surgeons, dentists, optometrists, medical technicians (etc) with well-developed bedside manners
- Flying kites
- Appliances: refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave, coffeemaker, etc…
- Enjoyment of learning something new
- Entertainment: screen, stage, and sidewalk (i.e., buskers)
- Uncluttered space—inside and out
- My lifelong partner, Len
Big, little, tangible, or intangible, name three things you’re grateful for.
Note: we are currently traveling. I won’t be able to respond to comment until Wednesday.
I am grateful for my kitten, Luna, a roof over my head and a comfortable bed to sleep in.
I enjoyed reading this post and I’d like to wish you an advanced happy birthday. I hope it’s a corker. 🙂
LifeWithLunaCat — I enjoyed reading your gratitudes. THANK YOU for your good wishes. I return them to you.
my family, my boyfriend and the air i breathe.
Sarahabear21 — Lovely list. Thank you for sharing it here.
What a fantastic and uplifting list of things to be grateful for, Laurie: it has made me realise how easy it is to take things for granted and it is a wonderful reminder to appreciate all the kind people in this world, despite everything. Only today, 2 most kind civil servants took pity on me and my plight and one of them really went out of her way to solve my ID and passport troubles. I am also very grateful for my unique and supportive family, without whom I would have never overcome or survived life troubles and tribulations. And I am very grateful for having found you and your uplifting blog, which I read and enjoy every Tuesday, as well as other cheerful bloggers who brighten up my day so much. Thank you to Facebook and Twitter for bringing my friends and family so close when I live so far.
Fatima — I’m so HAPPY and GRATEFUL the ID and passport troubles have been resolved. Yahoooooooo! 🙂
Not quite yet. I am picking them up at noon today. Fingers and legs crossed. Not sure I can do a Pretzel though!
And Happy Birthday for tomorrow.🎂🎂🎂💖💖💖
Fatima — THANK YOU for your good wishes. I return them to you.
I am grateful for having friends I totally relate to and completely love.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAURIE
Eddie Two Hawks — THANK YOU for your good wishes. I return them to you 🙂
Happy Birthday to you, Laurie!
Loisajay — THANK YOU for your good wishes. I return them to you 🙂
I just celebrated 54 yesterday – I guess I should start my list of 54 things I’m grateful for . . .Here’s three to start. 1. Pens and paper 2. A garden to play in 3. Working in a place where I get to see small children every day so I can soak up their creativity and uninhibited approach to life.
Arlene — Happy belated birthday to YOU! I love the beginning of your gratitude list 🙂
Happy Birthday, Laurie!
What a wonderful list! 🙂
Three things out of so many? Hmmm
My husband, my daughters, my life
(but there are so many more, including the cat purring on my lap right now).
Merril — THANK YOU for your good wishes. I return them to you. The beginnings of your gratitude list is wonderful. Including the purring cat 🙂
The ability to read,understand,learn and grow.
The friendship of a few 90+ women where I live
And ofcourse ,the Internet .
Roamer — I love your list! 🙂
Today my hubby fixed breakfast for me, and just now I snipped a coral-colored hibiscus to brighten a shelf. Though I am facing perplexing problems right now, I am thankful I can note these happy bits in my gratitude book for today. I read recently that “Gratitude is a potent antidote to fear.” How encouraging.
You are a role-model for us all ~ Happy 59th, Laurie. Oh, I’m thankful for you too!
Marian — How am I not surprised that Cliff made you breakfast? He’s definitely a keeper! I have every confidence you’ll work through the perplexing problems that you’re currently facing.
THANK YOU for your good wishes. I return them to you 🙂
I love your list – perfect fodder for an excellent birthday!
Carol — I’m glad you enjoyed the list 🙂
Happy birthday, Laurie! Three things I’m grateful for: The sighting of a monarch butterfly yesterday after a couple of years of not seeing much of them at all in my area of Wisconsin, my friends, and comic strips that make me laugh daily.
Christine — I love your three items. How COOL you were gifted with a monarch butterfly sighting! 🙂
Happy Birthday, Laurie!!! I’m grateful for you, your generosity, your creativity, your marvelous sense of humor, your encouragement to others (including me) to write or express our creativity in alignment with our gifts, your blog, your upcoming book and so much more. May life continue to bless you! Audrey
By the way, I am grateful for:
– good health and life;
– an ever growing family with lots of love; a new great niece born over the weekend (joy!); and a great circle of friends;
– meaningful work and creative expressions.
And yes, a very long list more, to express gratitude for!
Audrey — Oh how wonderful to have a new great niece. If she’s anything like her great aunt, she’s going to be a positive, uplifting, constructive, and healing force 🙂
Audrey — Aw shucks, now I’m blushing. THANK YOU 🙂
Happy birthday, Laurie! I hope you are a wonderful day.
It’s very hard to pick just three but I’ll try…
-a sense of belonging
-people and animals that make me stronger.
-thought provoking questions, discussions and blogs (like this one)
Leanne — Great list! Oh so important, I especially enjoyed “a sense of belonging.”
Happy Birthday!! What a wonderful way to celebrate. I am thankful for so much but three would be, fabulous friends, amazing family and the ability to travel and see the world.
Darlene — The three items you shared from your gratitude list are fantastic. THANK YOU for your good wishes. I return them to you 🙂
Happy Birthday Laurie!
I am grateful to have written a new blog for the first time in months.
I am grateful that I have been taking care of my health and well being on an whole new level.
I am grateful for everything I have not yet received !
Jeff — I’ve been over to the fresh post on your blog. I’m grateful that you’re back. I appreciate your gratitude list, especially: “I am grateful for everything I have not yet received.”
Sight; speech; life (which includes family, friends, the rest of humanity and all the ecosystems we share this planet with).
And Yeah – Happy birthday! Be Great – it annoys the hell outa those who had other plans for you!
Ted — Thank you for the birthday well wishes. You crack me up! 🙂
Ted — I like the items you put in parenthesis after “life.” Yes! 🙂
What a grand list! It reminded me of all the things I take for granted, many of which are available in only certain areas of the World; clean water, adequate health care, freedom to travel, ect. Today I am grateful for my Spiritual Connection with the Master of the Universes, my emotional connection with all those wonderful people i love, and my physical connection with Gaia and the Flora and Fauna she nurtures and provides for. I am also most grateful for you, My Dear Friend! I hope this will be the Best and Happiest Birthday yet!
Sandi – Your list is wonderful. And I can vouch that the flora and fauna in your neck of the woods is grateful for YOU!
THANK YOU for your good wishes. I return them to you 🙂
Beautiful post! Happy Birthday Laurie 🙂
I’m grateful for Grace, Growth, and Synchronicity
YesRising — “Grace, growth, and synchronicity.” Yes, indeed!
THANK YOU for your good wishes. I return them to you.
Happy Birthday, Laurie! Thank you for sharing the happy, healthy list. 🙂
Amy — THANK YOU for your good wishes. I return them to you 🙂
What a beautiful post and happy, happy birthday!!!! I am grateful for the gift of motherhood, even if it is the hardest thing I’ll ever do. The roof over our heads. My strength. I find hope that my 50’s will have the potential to be as fabulous as yours have been!
Catherine — When our son was born my mother said, “Motherhood is the best and worst thing that will ever happen to you.” I didn’t understand the seeming contradiction at the time, but I’ve discovered it’s oh-so-true! May blessings continue to rain down on you and yours 🙂
Laurie, love your list! 1.The ability to breathe 2. Our Creator, family, friends, and butterflies 3. Sunsets, rainbows & mountains
Suz — I love your list, too! 🙂
Your list is perfect. Wow…only 3 things…that’s a hard one…First…I’m grateful for my Faith, Second for the health of my children, Rob and myself, Third for the blessings of the life I am able to live because of #1 and #2. Great post…Tina
Tina — I love how your list circles back around. To my way of thinking, that generates MOMENTUM 🙂
Whooooops a little late . I bet you are having the best of birthdays …I’m sure you are .
Wow Laurie , what an incredible list you have there . Here’s mine ;
I am grateful to be alive , to be here on this amazing planet .
I am grateful for MY wonderful life partner who has no idea how much I love him . I really must tell him more often because he deserves it .
I am grateful for the Angel , that I always say is literary heaven sent , who came into my life 11 years ago in November , my beautiful dog Oscar .
Like you , I could be greatful for a list as long as my arm but there is three of them .
Cherry — You’re exactly on time. I’m reading your comment on Sept 28 – my exact birthday.
I love your list.
I love Oscar!
A great list of things to be grateful for. Here are my three (though I could easily list another hundred): Supportive, loving husband; two kind and talented sons who are past those tough teens; a country that doesn’t suppress women by law (though plenty of women still have a really rough time–and we have to continually stand with all women to fight against abuse and FOR our rights!
Linda — I loved reading the top three things on your arm-length list. Thank you for sharing them here 🙂
Happy birthday, Laurie. I’m thankful for the idea of listing things you’re grateful on your birthday. I’m thankful for the reflection list you sent – I’ve scheduled a post on my blog for October 4. I’m thankful for my husband, son, sister, and granddaughters – all of them, in any order, on any given day.
Carol — I’ll betcha a dollar to a donut that your husband, son, sister, and granddaughters are incredibly grateful for YOU on any given day 🙂
Happy Birthday, Laurie!! I am grateful for the love of my life, Bill, Sam and Max the pooches, and Lilliput, my cat. I could go on all day but not today!!
Joan — I enjoyed getting a peek at the beginning of your lengthy list of gratitudes. I’ll be thinking for you as you dive into the book-launch-waters. I’m so glad I’ve got you ahead of me as a role model 🙂
Happy Birthday Laurie
3. My family
Just three gratitudes for this moment
Patricia — And a beautiful three they are! 🙂
My Savior, Jesus Christ, Sandi and my three lovely daughters in law and my boy Michael.
One of your all-time greatest posts – how could it not be with that subject – but oh what an arsenal of beautiful memories and life elements. You are surely blessed with all that and that Prince of a gentleman Len as the end all capper. Little is life can match that line-up, in fact nothing can. I am most grateful for my wife Lucille and five beautiful kids, all life’s disappointments are soundly mitigated by that blessing.
Sam — Having met Lucille and your wonderful children, I can say with all confidence that you have an “end all capper” too 🙂
Hi dear best wishes for belated birthday .all 59 items are just wonderful. May god bless you with health,happiness,prosperity and love.
EmpowermentOfVibrants — Thank you so much for the birthday blessing 🙂
Oh how I love this post, Laurie! May your birthday be the start of another wonderful year full of smiles and laughter 🙂
Christy — I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I had fun writing it 🙂
Three things I’m grateful for: Clean air in my state of Wyoming, clean water, any healthy food.
Byungafaligren — That’s an excellent list! 🙂
Happy Birthday, Laurie! I am grateful for my daughter and granddaughters, and my 59 years on this planet 🙂
Inese — You’ve got a great list 🙂
Happy Belated Birthday, Laurie. This way you get to extend it out a bit. I hope the next is full of blessings, excitement, some challenges and the thrill of knowing you’re alive!
Rowena — Thank you so much for the beautiful birthday blessing 🙂
Dear Laurie, happy belated birthday to you! We have the same birthday, September 28, just a couple of years apart.
Tiny — happy, Happy, HAPPY birthday to YOU my birthday twin!! 🙂
It’s really fun to have a b-day twin, Laurie 🙂