Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Using the Alphabet for a Gratitude List

Using the Alphabet for a Gratitude List

During a time when I was at my absolute lowest – I think autumn 1992 when I was finding my way to Al-Anon the first time – somebody at a meeting suggested that when times are challenging one should make a gratitude list just going through the alphabet and finding something to appreciate that begins with every letter.  Sometimes it was tough. But even now, more than 20 years later, I use that tool to bring me some perspective. Sometimes the list can be a bit off kilter or crazy, but I complete the exercise and find that on any given day, I have a lot to appreciate.

Just random thought of what I can appreciate today:

A          apple pie with ice cream; appreciation for my blessings; acceptance;
B          butter on fresh bread straight from the oven; BBQ; books
C          cool breezes on a summer day; my convertible;
D         DVDs of favorite old movies; driving with the top down
E          Echinacea- the lovely prairie coneflower currently blooming in my garden
F          the soft fur on our lovable kitties
G          velvet green rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
H         the Harrington family that welcomed me as a daughter; lessons of history
I           A fertile imagination; iPad; iPhone
J           joy
K         kindness of others; my Kindle
L          laughter; the Locke Store
M         music
N         Night with the stars shining brightly in a dark sky
O         Opera- particularly La Boheme & Don Giovanni
P          possibilities
Q         Quietness
R          the sweetness of freshly picked raspberries
S          scent of fresh air after a rain
T          taste of a sweet crab cake or a robust Cabernet
U         Ulysses – a book by Joyce that makes every other book seem readable
 V         Vivaldi – who doesn’t love the Four Seasons?
W        Wedded bliss – what I have with my husband!
X          A challenging letter – but I can appreciate the letter for what it is!
Y          Yahoo.com – my primary email provider
Z          Zappo’ s an online purveyor of really magnificent shoes!


So, it isn’t always easy. But with a little effort one can get through the list and come out the other side appreciating one’s blessings. My list will change from day to day. But when it is necessary, I will plunder through and accept that I have every reason to celebrate life. Try it! What can it hurt?
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