Saturday, March 03, 2007

Gratitude

Possibly, I should feel anxious right now (see Wednesday post). After all, I am generally a rather anxious person. I get uptight about small things. Strangely, I don't seem to be feel especially anxious. Mostly, I feel grateful.

Here are some of the things I am grateful for (in no particular order):

1. The lovely place where we live. The river and the hills close by, where I can go walking.
2. The fact that our house is so close to paid off that the bit left really doesn't matter.
3. Free internet (courtesy of a son who works for an ISP).
4. Digital cameras - because of all the fun of taking photos without the expense of buying film.
5. Extra paid work just when I needed it (see Wednesday post, again). Granted, it is temporary, but it makes me feel something will turn up.
6. Free internet.
7. Our wonderful public library.
8. A big stash of fabrics, art supplies, etc just in case I should have time in between the extra work to feel like making something.
9. The fact that our trip to the UK in September is booked and mostly paid for, on non-refundable tickets. Can't back out of this one! (The air fares, a bit over half our accommodation, and the rental car are all paid for. We still have to pay for about a week and a half of accommodation, petrol, food - bread and cheese anyone? - and spending money).
10. The fact that writing takes not much more than a computer or a pencil and paper, and therefore is pretty close to free.
11. Did I mention free internet? :)

12 comments:

rashbre said...

Being grateful is an important step away from being anxious.

What's that thing about the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference?

My little personal mantra (however corny it may sound) is 'There is fun going forward'.

Here today with good wishes, from Michele's!

rashbre

beanie said...

I too get anxious alot , but I find the times when I am not feeling anxious I really appreiate what I have .I think its great to take a step back and appreciate what you have right now and how things could always be worse.
best wishes

Jean-Luc Picard said...

It's good to be grateful for the things around us.

Brian said...

Free internet sounds good to me.

I like your list and hope you find those things in life that are calming.

Thumper said...

Free internet...I would totally be down with that. I'd also be very happy with an almost paid off house!

Here via Michele's today :)

PI said...

hi Catherine - just returning your visit. We should spend more time counting our blessings. I hope your UK holiday will be great. It's late now so I'm off to bed. Night night!

Deb R said...

That's a wonderful list of things to feel grateful for. But you forgot to mention free internet! ;-)

Bob-kat said...

I get the impression that you are grateful for the free internet?!! :-) I hope you enjoy your visit to the UK in September - it is a good time of year to come over as it's before the rain starts again!

Thanks very much for dropping by my blog - your kind words were very much appreciated. I am still feeling awful today.Mainly because I also relalised they ahve my car keys to my beloved MX5 and know where I live. There is nothing else I cna do until Monday so I amtrying not to fret. My tutor was no help whatsoever by the way.

Thanks again .

Foster Dogs said...

Good list! Here via Michele's.

la vie en rose said...

good things! thank you for reminding us of all there is to be grateful for...especially something as valuable as free internet...heehee...

Jan said...

The knack, I suppose, is to remember this stuff in the gloom-grot times...much of the stuff you mention is permanent, never changes, is ALWAYS there to draw upon...like the land you love( and free internet, of course!)

Tia said...

Great list! And good for you for not being overly anxious (something I could used to learn as well!!). Things do seem to always unfold as they need to in order for us to be taken care of.