108 Things This Freelance Writer is Grateful For

by Anne Wayman

gratitude2Many years ago, a spiritual teacher of mine, Rev. Guy Williams, challenged a class I was in to write down 100 things we were grateful for every day.

It seemed so daunting at first. When I took on this challenge the first few days I couldn’t seem to get beyond ten or 12 items.

Finally it dawned on me, or maybe I remembered Guy saying, that little things count. So for a period of time I wrote out 100 things I was grateful for each day – being a touch typist helps. Then I acquired a mala – sort of a Buddhist rosary with 108 beads and I began just to count off 108 things I was grateful for on a daily basis.

Those practices died off as many such practices have for me, but awhile back I began creating a 100 things list every Thanksgiving and posting it on one of my blogs. Cathy Miller picked up the habit from me, and I suspect some others may have too.

This year I’ve turned out to have a list of 108 things… without much effort. I could write more… but I won’t right now.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving for those of you who celebrate it. My apologies to all native Americans, and my wishes to everyone for a world that works for each one of you.

  1. Good coffee
  2. My espresso machine
  3. Hot water
  4. Tap water that’s safe to drink.
  5. My paid for car.
  6. Driving only two or three days a week.
  7. Electricity
  8. My computer
  9. My iPad
  10. My land line
  11. My cell phone
  12. New tires on the car
  13. Meditation
  14. My cat – MzTiz
  15. The zen center cats I feed – Ghost, Chloe, and Clarke
  16. That Clarke is letting me pet him almost daily.
  17. The Kwan Yin statue I can see from my office.
  18. A place to meditate in community.
  19. Fresh food.
  20. Trader Joe’s
  21. A new computer that’s finally set up right.
  22. My daughter, Linda
  23. My son, Mike
  24. My son, Steve
  25. Linda’s husband, Chris.
  26. Mike’s wife, Gloria.
  27. Mike and Gloria’s kids, my grand kids, Emily and Ben
  28. Steve’s wife Stacey.
  29. Steve and Stacey’s kids, my grand kids, Valerie and Cole
  30. Seisen
  31. Ando
  32. Doshin
  33. Cait
  34. Carol
  35. Cathy
  36. Lori
  37. Jenn
  38. David
  39. Living in Community
  40. Kozan
  41. Alan
  42. Kelly
  43. Sean
  44. Succulent plants
  45. Growing vegies
  46. Writing
  47. Freelance writing
  48. My commute – maybe six steps.
  49. Stove
  50. Fridge
  51. Kitchen sink
  52. Big old bathtub
  53. Instant hot water heater
  54. Massaging shower head
  55. Bathroom sink
  56. Flush toilets
  57. Gas heater
  58. Wireless in my house
  59. Electric lights
  60. My comfy bed
  61. Yogi Green Tea
  62. Yogi Bedtime Tea
  63. The Miele vacuum I scored on eBay
  64. eBay
  65. Amazon
  66. Half.com
  67. Craigslist
  68. Zen center gardens
  69. Eco
  70. Twigg’s Coffee shop
  71. Living near the ocean
  72. The Pacific
  73. Other people’s dogs
  74. Books
  75. Libraries
  76. Online friends
  77. My writing clients
  78. JonathanFields.com (and Jonathan)
  79. Lynn Twist
  80. Alcoholics Anonymous
  81. Narcotics Anonymous
  82. Nicotine Anonymous
  83. Debtors Anonymous
  84. Underearners Anonymous
  85. John L.
  86. Stephanie
  87. Barbara
  88. Rev. Guy Williams
  89. Dogen
  90. zen
  91. My living room rug – I really love it.
  92. The rug in my office – I love it too.
  93. World Beat Center
  94. Balboa Park
  95. Studio 6 in Spanish Village
  96. Working with clay
  97. My doctor
  98. Don
  99. Wishlist
  100. WordPress
  101. The Internet
  102. This blog’s readers
  103. 5 Buck Forum members
  104. The 7th grade typing class I took that’s stood me in such good stead all these years.
  105. The money I have
  106. The money I’ve had
  107. The money that’s coming
  108. Breakfast!

What are you grateful for?

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Elizabeth West December 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I’m not doing too well right now, but I found a few things to be thankful for. One is that this horrid year will soon be over. Hopefully next year will be better. (I said that last year, but third time’s the charm….please?)
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annew December 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Yes, you did find some things to be grateful for… and each one counts!

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Helene Poulakou December 3, 2013 at 8:39 am

Love positiveness when I see it!
So, grateful for the wonderful blogging friends I’ve met through the years. :)
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Bill Swan December 3, 2013 at 8:27 am

The ability to restart yourself as you rediscover yourself. Anyone in recovery knows this one to be true.

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annew December 3, 2013 at 8:37 am

Hi Bill… yes.

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Tanya Adams November 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Great list, Anne. Brilliant! You have inspired me to take this up. I will be making a list next Thanksgiving as well. Hope you had a wonderful day. I’m a native San Diegan displaced to TN. #94 made me homesick.
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annew December 3, 2013 at 8:40 am

Tanya, glad it spoke to you… how did you get to TN?

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John Soares November 30, 2013 at 8:27 am

Beautiful list Anne! Most days I ask myself what I’m grateful for, but I don’t do a long list — usually just a few things large or small.

And I’m definitely grateful for you!
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annew December 3, 2013 at 8:40 am
Cathy Miller November 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Where the inspiration came from. :-) I am very thankful for you, Anne.
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