Gratitude Times 108

by Anne Wayman

108 things I'm grateful forMaybe five years ago, I took several classes from Rev. Guy WilliamsWe were talking about gratitude and several folks stated they had enjoyed Oprah’s idea, which others also shared, about listing three things we were grateful for each morning.

Guy upped the ante considerably by challenging us to write a list of 100 things we’re grateful for every day for a couple of weeks. I was astounded, privately sure I’d never be able to list that many. But I trust Guy and so I started.

My first attempt seemed to take hours. I was grateful that he had made it clear even little things, like petting the cat counted. That got me two right there!

Once I’d made the first list, the second came more easily. Listing or counting out that many things I can be grateful is a quick way to move me from any bad mood to a positive.

Eventually my practice with this become 108 things simply because it was easiest to count them out using a mala – sort of a Buddhist rosay that has 108 beads.

I’ve made it a tradition to list 108 things I’m grateful for every Thanksgiving season. Here’s this years list, which I do ‘live’ as it were on screen. The only prep I’ve done is to think about this a bit during this morning’s meditation.

  1. kittens
  2. cats
  3. computers
  4. electricity
  5. the internet
  6. ergonomic keyboard
  7. my watch which shows Snicker bars rather than the moon
  8. the canyon I live on
  9. my office which overlooks the canyon
  10. the deck which also overlooks the canyon
  11. the rug in my living room
  12. my meditation cusions
  13. the bell I ring for meditation
  14. the two statues of Avalokiteshvara or Kuan Yin I have
  15. my keyboard (music)
  16. my bed
  17. running water
  18. hot water
  19. the gas that my stove uses
  20. my car
  21. the gas it uses
  22. 4 tires
  23. the car’s stout engine
  24. my son Steve
  25. my son Mike
  26. my daughter Linda
  27. Emily, a granddaughter
  28. Valerie, a granddaughter
  29. Ben, a grandson
  30. Cole, a grandson
  31. the hawks in the canyon
  32. Devon, my neighbor
  33. Megan and Josh, my neighbors
  34. Pablo, Dianne and their kids, more neighbors
  35. my landlord
  36. Cait
  37. Carol
  38. John L.
  39. Seisen
  40. Ecko
  41. Nathan
  42. Ando
  43. Nancy
  44. Diana
  45. Rebecca
  46. Kozan
  47. Becky
  48. Dancers of the Third Age photo
  49. prayer flags
  50. my desk, messy as it is
  51. my kneeling chair
  52. my printer
  53. sewing machine
  54. phone
  55. iPad
  56. wireless router
  57. room air conditioner which actually cools the whole cottage I live in
  58. heaters
  59. refrigerator
  60. food in the fridge and cupboards
  61. my credit union
  62. Trader Joe’s
  63. Sweetwater Zen Center
  64. Awakening the Dreamer
  65. City Heights Library
  66. Public radio
  67. that Obama won!
  68. that Filner won (mayor in San Diego
  69. eucalyptus trees
  70. my neighbor’s chicken
  71. my neighbor’s rooster
  72. the Dharma
  73. Soto Zen
  74. palm trees
  75. roses
  76. shrimp
  77. lettuce
  78. spinach
  79. organic food
  80. olive oil
  81. balsamic vinegar
  82. goat cheese
  83. goats!
  84. elephants
  85. tigers
  86. lions
  87. salmon swimming free
  88. starfish – particularly blue ones
  89. sail boats
  90. boats in general
  91. the oceans
  92. Fiji
  93. Tonga
  94. Hawaii
  95. Brisbane
  96. crows
  97. jays
  98. finches
  99. parrots
  100. snakes (at a distance)
  101. pandas
  102. opossums
  103. raccoons
  104. Joanna Macy
  105. Lori Widmer
  106. 5 Buck Forum members
  107. Makada and the World Beat Center
  108. Balboa Park

And I could go on!

Wishing you the best in this holiday season.

Join me with a list of what you’re grateful for on your blog if you like.

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Elizabeth West December 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

I’m doing this on New Years. To clean out the old and start fresh. Let’s hope this coming year is WAY better than 2012, which stunk! :)
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annew December 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

No reason to wait until the first of the year… getting grateful now always helps, whatever now it is.

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Charlotte Rains Dixon November 25, 2012 at 7:20 am

My spiritual community is currently in the middle of a 21 Days of Gratitude program, which involves writing the things we are grateful for every day. It’s astounding how it changes my mindset to do this. And I also find that doing it helps me remember to be grateful all day long.
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Brooklyn Hill November 25, 2012 at 2:58 am

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.

Impressive List :-)
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annew November 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Brooklyn, I’ve had some practice with the long lists… bet you can do it too.

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jorgekafkazar November 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Okay, Anne, I’ve loaded up my list to my website. All 108 items.
http://jorgekafkazar.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/gratitude-list/

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annew November 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Yea! Let’s start a trend, Jorge!

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Cathy Miller November 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

So sorry we missed our lunch date I hope you are feeling tip-top. You are definitely counted amongst my many blessings, my friend.

Happy Thanksgiving, Anne!
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Sharon Hurley Hall November 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

Great list, Anne – I think gratitude is so important.
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Leila November 21, 2012 at 8:41 am

Thanks for this post, Anne! I often reflect on how I lucky I am to have been raised to be grateful for the things in my life, large and small. I know it sounds cheesy, but when you’re genuinely thankful for your morning cup of coffee, just about any day is a good day.

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annew November 21, 2012 at 8:51 am

Nothing cheesy at all about being grateful for that morning cup of coffee! Not even a little bit.

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