UBC Day 15 : Ten Things of Thankful

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart

They say that a simple act of thinking about who and what we are grateful for makes a big difference in our life.  That’s because when we are thankful, we are remembering the positive things in our life, and it also means that we cherish those things in life. And the best part of being thankful is that it converts bad things into good things.

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Here’s a list of ten things I am thankful for…

  1. My parents, who make it a point to call me every day. Their concern and care is something I cherish a lot.
  2. My husband who is supportive of everything I do and is my first and ardent cheer leader.
  3. My child who is the epicentre of my life.
  4. A mind and body that works and is alert and healthy.
  5. All the pains and sorrows that I have experienced. They have made me a stronger person.
  6. All the happiness and joys that have brightened my days.
  7. My home. My nesting and resting place…
  8. Achieving my goals. The achievements of the past inspire me to go after my newer goals.
  9. The kindness of strangers and those around me. Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.
  10. Today!
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So, what are you thankful?  If you’d like to blog about it, please link up your post at Considerings.
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75 thoughts on “UBC Day 15 : Ten Things of Thankful

  1. Welcome

    I personally believe that this is an exceptional blgohop (in a blogosphere crowded with bloghops), I say this not only for it’s ‘theme’ Ten Things of Thankful but for what appears to be developing in the relatively few weekends we have been here. There is a sense of conversation, even a nascent community flickering, due, in my opinion to the fact that Lizzie has elected to have it run 2 days, Saturday and Sunday. This appears to have the effect of allowing people to come, perhaps submit a Post and read a little, then come back later on and see who has been saying what!
    I know that other ‘hops’ will run for more than a day, but everything seems geared to the day of it opening and while it is fun to contribute ideas, often there are too many other posts to read in a normal busy day.
    I will venture to say that this blog hop has a higher percentage of ‘everyone reading everyone else’s Posts’ than the other bloghops I frequent. …again due to the more relaxed pace.
    Good to read your Post

    • Hi Clark. Agree, this is a wonderful theme for a bloghop. Enjoyed reading so many lessons of gratitude. And yes, thinking and writing about our own reasons for gratitude was a double treat… made us realize and appreciate the things we cherish. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  2. Hi Shilpa, and thanks for joining us this week.

    Your list blows me away – it’s so succinct! It’s clean, pure and full of Good. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    Having a great relationship with the generations above and below us is so important – it’s always so nice when parents put their children on their lists. And it does my heart good to see that you have a good relationship with your own parents.

    #10 is sublime. I’m totally over-thinking it, but I am so with you on this 🙂

    • Thanks a lot, Lizzie for hosting this wonderful Bloghop. Loved this theme and enjoyed participating in it too. Thanks a lot for your warm wishes. Much love and best wishes to you too! 🙂

    • Thanks Kajal. After seeing your post when I hopped over to Lizzie’s blog, only 10 hours were left. And morning times are busy times so thought of writing this post at night itself. 🙂

  3. I was watching the Nat Geo channel yesterday and there was this program about world’s most fearsome predators operating in packs/groups. That program makes me realize that I’am thankful for not having to live in a jungle. I mean, it’s a jungle in a jungle!!

    Destination Infinity

    • Oprah Winfrey also said what you have mentioned here, be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough!!

  4. awesome….!! such a simple but important mantra… we can find time to crib when things go wrong, but not enough time to thank for all that we have. In thanking god for all that we have, we are actually reassuring ourselves that all is well with us… and that’s such an awesome feeling to have!

  5. I am thankful for the 10 things
    that you have listed. and I am thankful
    for having my mom as my good friend.

    • Thanks Anu. What you said, mirrors what Khalil Gibran said, “You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”

  6. sriously being thankful some times makes difference. We take our parents , spouse and many for granted and feel bad when they dont thank us 🙂 I do it quite often
    Great post shilpa
    good day

  7. Such a great list.

    I especially liked that you are thankful for pains and sorrows in your life. Hardships certainly can make us stronger, better people, and happiness is so much happier when we get to the other side.

    Thanks for linking up with us this week!

  8. Hello hello there 🙂 Hopping over from the 10 Things of Thankful! Unfortunately, I wasn’t completely following the design of the hop (visiting the two people before you in the linky list) and I want to make sure I get on that. It’s always great to meet new people and learn the things they are thankful for!

    It’s pretty impressive you have such a constant communication with your parents/family. Some people [read: most] would go crazy if their parents called them every day! I would be one of them. 🙂

    It’s wonderful you have such a supporting network of family and friends. That aspect of life will be incredibly rewarding (as I’m sure you already know) when things get tough.

    I can’t be certain, but this may be the first time I remember someone posting about being thankful for their pains/suffering due to it making them stronger, and that is an awesome thing to be thankful for!

    Very glad you were bale to join up this weekend, and hopefully you will check it out again 🙂 I like the Scrabble pic, by the way.

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink

    • Oh, I was not aware of this rule of visiting 2 people before the linky… will definitely do that in a short while. Thank you sharing this info Jak.
      We tend to take for granted the good that is already present in our lives. Acknowledging the good that we already have in our life is the foundation for all abundance…
      Will hop over to your 10 things of Thankful soon 🙂

  9. We are all blessed with so much in life and I’m thankful for every bit of it, thankful even to all the tough times for making me stronger and wiser. Loved this post Shilpa 🙂

    • Well said, Reshma. To say we feel grateful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great. It just means we are aware of our blessings and yes, we all have a lot to be thankful for 🙂

  10. Most times we forget the good things we have and concentrate on the bad things happening in our lives. Your list sounds pretty similar to what I have in mind. I loved the Kindness of stranger part, we forget these nameless faces as they help us at every turn in our lives. Lovely Post Shilpa 🙂

    • Oh yes, I remember the small acts of kindness from strangers… an understanding look when you drop the entire bagful of groceries on the road, or an encouraging smile as you look around at a new place, or the detailed instructions a passer by gives when you are lost and ask for directions, can do wonders to your morale and mental well being. Glad you liked this post, Vinita 🙂

  11. One should never take things or people for granted, for we never know when we might not have them. Being always happy and living in gratitude for all the things in our life is the best way to live life. Negatives are bound to come into our lives, but we can always change even a negative into something positive. I believe the sometimes we have to experience some darkness to know and appreciate light.

      • Agree with your thoughts completely, Rama. I remember, once in a training session, a trainer made us do a gratitude exercise. He asked us to imagine losing some of the things that we take for granted, such as our home, our ability to see or hear, our ability to walk, or anything that currently gives us comfort. Then imagine getting each of these things coming back, one by one, and consider how grateful we would be for each and everything thing that we had lost! We need to appreciate the small things that give us happiness and joy…

  12. I am grateful to C for hosting this challenge
    I am grateful to meet all of you and the sense of family..
    I am grateful to you SHilpi dearest, cuz U are the radiant sunshine who makes even the clouds smile and part in glee 😀

  13. its the last one where you say “today” that completes the post in so many ways. The sheer happiness to sheer a today and wish for tomorrow is what man always needs to remember 🙂

    and shilpa I am glad you keep coming up with these wonderful UBC special posts, lets us get you know better!

  14. I love your list, it is short yet poignant. I especially loved your no. 3 because it applies to my life, too! 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with us!

    • Hi Joy! Thanks a lot, and am so glad that you could relate to this post! True, children are our lifelines! Stay blessed and have a great time with your family 🙂

  15. People often take things in life for granted, Shilpa . One ought to look at those far beneath us and feel grateful for everything one has in life and for the very life in itself, right ?

    • True, when we see outside the window, we realize that our pains and sufferings are nothing when compared to others. It is so very important to count our blessings 🙂

  16. It was a true blessing when Corinne invited me to participate in this bloghop. There are so many things in our lives, that we may not necessarily take for granted, we just seem to overlook them when giving thanks, or miss them in our list of things to be thankful for. Doing this bloghop allowed me to genuinely focus on what is important to me each day as I arise, and what I really am thankful for. I’m sure, even with the in depth look I took of my life and my surroundings, that I missed something that I should be grateful for…but I am only human 🙄
    I enjoyed your post. We are all truly blessed!

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