Below is a very small sampling of the things for which I am most grateful:
1. My family, which, for the last five years, has included the wonderful Kolstads;
2. My friends (too many to list, but you should know who you are)
3. The 'big three' - a roof over my head, plentiful to eat and clothes on my back (and for that, YOU should be thankful - me clothes-less is frightening)
4. My limbs - I'm able to walk and type (and make art!) without any assistance
5. My eyes and ears - despite the unfortunate bad news out there, there is still so much beauty to absorb through these very wonderful senses. I am grateful every day that I'm able to take in my surroundings.
6. The ability to read and write (according to WikiAnswers, 1 BILLION people worldwide are illiterate).
7. I have a job. Sure, I complain about it, but for now I still have it.
8. I'm grateful I live in a country where I CAN complain - it's a freedom I fear many of us take very much for granted. I hope with all of my being it will be forever this way, and that in the future more of the world will be able to speak freely without repercussion.
9. The myriad opportunities that await me everyday. I'm grateful that I can choose to accept them with a positive attitude, and I hope I do, most days.
10. I saved my husband for last. He is the kindest, dearest, most thoughtful and wonderful man I've had the pleasure to meet. Anyone who's met Brian knows what I mean. It is absolutely an honor to share my life with him and I give thanks every day that we're together.
Take some time today to focus on what REALLY matters to you. Our lives are all so blessed, even if they may not seem so at times. Hey, we're above ground, right?