Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving every day

I like Thanksgiving as a holiday, but it's not so unusual: I give thanks every day. Every now and then I make a gratitude list. If I'm feeling low, this never fails to raise my spirits.

Here's a list of 111 things I'm thankful for, in no particular order:
  1. Being alive
  2. My family
  3. My friends, near and far
  4. Joe Fish
  5. Buster, Finn, Puck, and other dogs in my life
  6. Laughter
  7. Music
  8. Interesting ideas
  9. Kindness
  10. Generosity
  11. Making and finding connections
  12. Having a good education
  13. La Maison de Conte (my house, otherwise known as the Vortex of Well-Being)
  14. Living in Lawrence
  15. The wide range of stories, jokes and anecdotes in the world
  16. I get to tell stories for my living!
  17. Hearing stories
  18. Listeners
  19. Other storytellers
  20. The Going Deep Storytelling Festival
  21. Story-listening trance
  22. The fun of working on stories
  23. The National Storytelling Network
  24. Puppets
  25. My microphone and sound system for performances
  26. My computer
  27. The Internet
  28. E-mail
  29. My website
  30. DSL
  31. High ceilings
  32. Hardwood floors
  33. Original art
  34. The toaster and toast
  35. Clean water
  36. Showers
  37. Effective plumbing
  38. Electricity
  39. The washing machine and dryer
  40. The refrigerator
  41. Magnets
  42. The stove
  43. The US postal system
  44. National Public Radio (KCUR and KANU, especially)
  45. Telephones
  46. New towels
  47. The woodstove
  48. Having plenty of firewood
  49. The porch swing
  50. Meditation
  51. The meditation bench Rick made me
  52. Roses
  53. Irises
  54. Orchids (the dendrobium is about to bloom)
  55. Geraniums that bloom in the south window in the winter
  56. Silly-looking gerbera daisies giving extra color in the winter
  57. African violets
  58. Comfortable shoes
  59. Comfortable clothes
  60. Sweaters
  61. New pillows
  62. Plenty of blankets
  63. Pens of all kinds
  64. Pie
  65. Chile relleno
  66. Tea
  67. Butter
  68. Olive oil
  69. Garlic
  70. Fresh fruits and vegetables
  71. Eggs
  72. Cheese
  73. Yoga and the Yoga Center of Lawrence
  74. Breathing
  75. Being healthy
  76. Having good teeth
  77. Dental floss
  78. Pears soap
  79. Being able to speak other languages
  80. Books
  81. Travel
  82. My reliable car (226,000 miles and counting!)
  83. The Champion juicer
  84. Libraries
  85. Games, especially Pounce and dice
  86. Having a garage
  87. The New York Times Crossword Puzzle
  88. Rex Parker's Crossword Puzzle blog
  89. Freecycle
  90. Google
  91. Revereware pots and pans
  92. Cast-iron frying pans
  93. Friendly encounters
  94. Wheatfields Bakery
  95. The Community Mercantile
  96. Z's Divine Espresso
  97. La Parrilla
  98. Johnny's Tavern (Monday night, half-price pizza!)
  99. Checkers grocery store
  100. Cottin's Hardware
  101. Target
  102. Scarves
  103. Hats and mittens/gloves
  104. Ginger
  105. Chocolate
  106. My recently-repaired fence
  107. My minidisc recorder
  108. Memory
  109. My button machine
  110. Photographs
  111. Ceiling fans
Of course, this isn't everything. What's on your list?

5 comments:

Mary said...

Everything on your list.
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The gift you gave me of using a gratitude list to put myself to sleep. It's a great way to drift off.

larkspur31 said...

You!

Rex Parker said...

#88! I'm honored.

RP

M said...

Ovche kiselo mljako...

PriscillaHowe said...

Rex,
Not only do I read your crossword puzzle blog every day, I also love Pop Sensation. Thanks, thanks, thanks!