My dear friend, Tom Davis, Pres of Children’s HopeChest, an international child advocacy organization, did a blog post today called What are You Grateful For?
He said, “Perspective. Today’s post really got me thinking about my life vs. the rest of the world. I thought I would make a top 10 list of the things I’m grateful for that most of the world doesn’t have access to. It’s helping me think differently about them and me. What would my life look like without these things? No particular order here. What would you add to this list?”
- Clean water that comes out of my pipes and hot water.
- 24 hour access to doctors, medical facilities, and medicine.
- Grocery stores.
- Indoor plumbing, including toilet paper.
- Educational opportunities for my family.
- Access to banks and loans.
- Opportunities for my children, athletic teams, artistic opportunities, field trips, etc.
- A vehicle and/or transportation.
My list is a little different. I think what we’re grateful for has a lot to do with where we are in the seasons and experiences of our life.
I’ve spent most of my last five months spending time helping my mom (& mother-in-law) both move into Assisted Living (one in PA and the other in VA) and helping out with Young Life Capernaum for high school kids with disabilities. Those experiences have made me grateful for so many things I take for granted that impact every moment of every day.
So, here’s my list I posted on his site:
- Speech – being able to say what’s in my head.
- Mobility – to get where I want to go, when I want to.
- Eating – feeding myself, whenever I want to eat.
- Hearing – being able to communicate with sound and enjoy music.
- Seeing – to enjoy all the colors of life.
- Bathing – without needing someone to help me in the shower.
- Toileting – without needing assistance.
- Muscle control – to control my body, even to type this list.
- Reading & Writing – to enter into other worlds, learn and travel in my mind.
- Driving – taking myself wherever I want, when I want (it was really hard for my mom to finally give up driving).
- Medicines – that help with pain and physical problems.
- Independent living – to be on my own.
- Friends – people who love me and don’t judge me by how I look or act (that’s a big one for me!).
- Family – that loves me when I’m at my worst as well as my best.
- Just Being – to be able to enjoy life and all that God has given me in whatever circumstance I’m in.
Okay, my list can go on and on. I’m grateful for so much. I usually take time at the end of the day to thank God for something I’m grateful for. Sometimes, it takes up the whole page. Sometimes, when I can’t see the forest for the trees because I’m so tired, I just say, “Thank you.”