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
K kindness of others; my Kindle
L laughter; the Locke Store
N Night with the stars shining brightly in a dark sky
O Opera- particularly La Boheme & Don Giovanni
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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