21 Amazing Things I Take for Granted

March 25, 2019


Yesterday’s Action for Happiness Mindful March calendar prompt was “Make a list of amazing things you take for granted.”

So I did.

Here’s a portion of it, in no particular order:

  1. Libraries
  2. Toilets (our main one was briefly out of commission over the weekend)
  3. Blue skies with puffy clouds
  4. Two-day shipping
  5. Computers
  6. My family
  7. My close friends
  8. My pets, Tank, Prudy, and Luna
  9. Electricity (I don’t take it for granted as much since Hurricane Irma blew through)
  10. Knowing where my next meal is coming from
  11. Not having to grow/butcher my next meal
  12. Smart phones (even with their drawbacks, they’re pretty amazing and useful)
  13. Waking up each morning (think about it!)
  14. Coffee pots on timers
  15. The washing machine (and dryer)
  16. Refrigeration
  17. Ibuprofen
  18. The Internet
  19. Growing things—plants, trees, flowers
  20. Supermarkets
  21. Delivery pizza

We live in a challenging, chaotic, stressful age, but we are also surrounded by amazing things our ancestors couldn’t imagine. While it’s in our natures to want—to be always searching for the next Shiny Thing—now and then, we should stop to appreciate all the amazing-ness we already have access to.

It’s easy just to rattle off a list like this, but if you make one yourself, I encourage you to spend a few moments thinking about each item, how it enriches your life, how many people were and are involved in getting it to you, and so on. For most of us, life is pretty amazing!

What amazing things do you take for granted?

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8 comments

  1. Wow I love your list Kathy...just amazing for sure. We certainly take many things for granted and it is such a nice way to remind ourselves how blessed we are. Have an amazing day friend. Hugs!

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    1. My husband made fun of me for including "toilets," but really, aren't they a wonderful convenience we take for granted?! Hope you have a great week, Debbie!

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  2. I love the Mindful calendar, and your list!

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  3. Once again, love it! I seem to take less and less for granted...With the knowledge of the frailty of the world, and my own mortality, I am appreciative. My shiny things that I want are fountain pens...In childhood I had a pink dollhouse toilet with a seat that flipped up and down. It left such an impression, I think the beginning of not taking toilets for granted! But believe it or not, I don't even have a smart phone!

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    1. I love the dollhouse toilet memory! I can see an adorable dollhouse sketch featuring the that toilet...

      Not everyone needs or wants a smart phone, and you certainly won't have to worry about wasting time on it. :)

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  4. PS Did you handlettert your title yourself? I've been learning about this new form of lettering...

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    1. No, I didn't letter it--it's a font. My lettering is terrible!

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