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Start Each Day with a Grateful Heart

June 5, 2015
Start each day with a grateful heart

I was having my usual dilemma selecting a topic to write about when I glanced at the quote of the day on my notebook.  It suggested we “Start each day with a Grateful Heart”.  This made me stop and think – “Do I do that each day?”.   If I’m honest with myself the answer is ‘No’.  Like everyone, I get so caught up in my life and problems that I forget to be grateful for the wonderful things I have.

I have a friend who is a beautiful soul.  In her 80’s she is lively, happy and has many friends who adore her.  You just can’t call around and say hello without her compelling you to stay for a meal.  This lady loves life and is a great role model for us all.

Recently, she was diagnosed with cancer.  The diagnosis was not expected and the news has been devastating.  We are all at a loss and cannot believe it is happening to such a wonderful person.  However, her attitude is one of making the most of her life and not sitting around, giving up and waiting to die.  She is setting a wonderful example of being grateful for every day that she has left.

gratefulnessIt is hard not to feel sorry for ourselves or think our worries and problems are bigger than others, however when something like this happens it makes us realize that we have little to complain about.

Take a moment to step back and think “What am I grateful for”?  I know that you are thinking, ‘what a cliche I’ve heard this all before’ BUT HAVE YOU REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT IT?

I am grateful for:

1.  My wonderful husband who loves me unconditionally and with whom I share wonderful experiences.

2.  My gorgeous family and friends who makes me feel special and loved

3.  Spending time with my grandson who teaches me how to be a child again and appreciate the small things in life that we take for granted.  We lay on our backs on the grass and look up at a perfectly blue sky.  Such a simple thing but a special time shared together.

4.  My good health which allows me to enjoy running with my “Saturday Sisters’ and lead an active and fit lifestyle.

5.  My drive – I am a driven person who wants to achieve, learn and grow.  From this I have been fortunate to use this drive to work hard and gain financial independence.

6.  My experiences through travel – I have been so fortunate to travel to many interesting places and learn from these experiences.  Through travel I learn to appreciate what I have and learn about how other people live.  I learn how it changes me.

7.  My freedom – I live in a wonderful country, Australia, where freedom is a way of life and sometimes taken for granted.  We are free to live our lives the way we want, to have education and the opportunities in life that many in other countries will never have.

8.  My bed – at the end of the day I love laying down in my bed and in winter snuggling under the covers.  I think often when I do this about those homeless people who are sleeping in the elements on the ground.

9.  My ability to use technology – yes I know technology has taken over our lives but I am grateful that I have kept up to speed with these changes.  My parents-in-law don’t even have an ATM card, have no idea of mobile phones and think that computers are some form of magic.  They can’t comprehend that we talk to their relatives in Italy through Facebook.

10.  BUT MOST OF ALL – I AM GRATEFUL FOR LIFE!  It is so easy to not think about this until something happens and you realize that life is limited and we need to make the most of it.  Of course, I am grateful for the material things I have in my life – who wouldn’t be if they are honest – however the simple pleasures of life and the love and support of partner, family and friends should be cherished and treasured.


I’m going to make a copy of this and post it on my mirror so that I see it every day and am reminded how lucky I am.

What would your list include?  Why not write it now!

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  • Reply Debbie Rodrigues June 5, 2015 at 19:19

    Sue, I am stopping by to let you know that I have nominated you to the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

    • Reply sue June 6, 2015 at 09:28

      Wow! Thanks Debbie, I’m not sure what that is but am honoured that you have nominated me. It is the support from people like yourself that makes blogging enjoyable.

  • Reply Michelle L Petermann June 7, 2015 at 01:55

    We should do a weekly post of things we are grateful for! I just lost a high school friend – 46 years old – & it made me realize how much we take for granted. Thanks for visiting me, I hope you have a glorious weekend!!! #debbieinshape

    • Reply sue June 7, 2015 at 12:13

      Thank you Michelle for your comment. It really strikes home when someone the same age becomes ill (or worse) we face our mortality then. It is hard not to take things for granted however if we remind each other that helps. I’m having a wonderful weekend – just returned from brunch and a stroll through the markets with my husband.

    • Reply Julie S. June 13, 2015 at 00:48

      Definitely do this type of post every week, and if you like you can even link it up at a new party I co-started 🙂

      • Reply sue June 13, 2015 at 11:16

        Thanks Julie – what is the new link up? I’ll check out your website.

  • Reply Julie S. June 13, 2015 at 00:47

    I love this! What a great quote on your calendar, that inspired an amazing post 🙂 I love your list too 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #GratitudeGoals! Hope you decide to do this every week!

    • Reply sue June 13, 2015 at 11:16

      Thanks Julie and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I would love to link up every week it will remind me to continually look at all the good things in my life. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Suzanna @ One Hoolie Mama June 13, 2015 at 01:39

    Thanks for joining our #gratitudegoals linkup! Your list is fantastic. I’m always thankful for my boys who help remind me what is important in life each day.

    • Reply sue June 13, 2015 at 11:17

      Oh thank you for your kind words Suzanna. Yes our children and grandchildren bring so much joy to be thankful for.

  • Reply Janine July 10, 2015 at 19:56

    I love reading other people’s gratitude lists. Yours made me smile this evening 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend and thanks again for joining us every week!

    • Reply sue July 12, 2015 at 12:58

      I’m glad I made you smile Janine! I wish you a fabulous weekend and look forward to next week’s #FridayReflections. Such a lovely group.

  • Reply Tara Schiller July 11, 2015 at 05:15

    I love your list! There’s nothing like looking at our lives and seeing what we’re grateful for. Thanks for sharing.


    • Reply sue July 12, 2015 at 12:59

      Thanks Tara! Sometimes we do get a big off track but if we stop and think about all we have it soon gets us back to the right path. Thanks for the comment and see you through #FridayReflections next week. P.S. Hope the book going well.

  • Reply Mackenzie Glanville ( July 11, 2015 at 18:25

    You are such a beautiful soul, what a great list! I know one thing I feel grateful for right now and that is finding you through this wonderful world of blogging xo

    • Reply sue July 12, 2015 at 13:02

      Oh Mackenzie what a beautiful comment I am quite touched! I’m glad that I found you and the lovely members of the #FridayReflections group. Its great to make friends through blogging. Have a lovely weekend and see you Friday 🙂

  • Reply Wendy July 12, 2015 at 06:01

    Sue, I am so sorry about your friend. She sounds like a wonderful lady.
    This post is lovely. You are right; it is so easy to ‘forget to remember,’ and these are things we should remember every day! I have lived in and visited other countries where freedom and basic living essentials were largely non-existent. I promised myself I would never take them for granted again. Sadly, I often break that promise to myself. Thank you for this beautiful reminder!

    • Reply Wendy July 12, 2015 at 06:02

      Oops! Found you today at #FridayReflections! 🙂

      • Reply sue July 12, 2015 at 13:05

        Great! I love this group!

    • Reply sue July 12, 2015 at 13:05

      Yes it is such a shame however on a positive note she was able to attend her granddaughter’s wedding last weekend which we didn’t think would happen. She is strong so won’t give in too easily. As far as being grateful we all forget to be this way because we are so busy. As long as we think about our blessings more often than not. Thanks for taking the time to comment and have a lovely weekend 🙂

  • Reply Debbie July 13, 2015 at 17:29

    I’m here again because of #FridayReflections.
    I love your list, Sue. I’m also thankful for technology. I cannot imagine how it would be living away from my mom without being able to communicate with her regularly.
    Have a beautiful week!

    • Reply sue July 14, 2015 at 05:41

      Yes technology if used correctly is a great asset especially for communicating with loved ones who don’t live close by. Have a great week and take care!

  • Reply cathy July 14, 2015 at 09:44

    I am sorry to hear about your friend Sue, but I understand her attitude, and laud her effort to keep enjoying life for whatever time is left. We are not guaranteed time, and need to spend every day as though it will be our last. Unfortunately we so often get caught up in trivial things. Your list is marvelous, and brings home the truth. Thanks for sharing it. For me, #10 says it all.

    • Reply sue July 15, 2015 at 13:38

      Oh thank you Cathy and I hope you are feeling better. At least my friend met one milestone which was to see her granddaughter get married a couple of weeks ago. thanks for the comment and take care.

  • Reply Eloquent Mind July 15, 2015 at 02:24

    Your list made me want to write my own, Sue. Thanks for sharing your wonderful list and you have nicely captured all that we should be grateful for in this lifetime. 🙂

    • Reply sue July 15, 2015 at 13:40

      Oh thank you! I love it when people are inspired by something I write. I don’t believe I am a professional writer and just write from the heart so hopefully that comes across. Thanks for the comment.

  • Reply Michelle July 27, 2015 at 19:49

    I love this post. I think we can never express enough gratefulness in our lives. You have to link this up today at Ember Grey’s Grateful Heart. We come together every Monday to share what we are grateful for. One of my favorite link-ups. Hop to my blog under link parties and you will find it. You have to share this there with everyone. Grateful I read this today!

    • Reply sue July 28, 2015 at 16:57

      Hi Michelle I am so glad you enjoyed the post. If I’m not too late I’ll link up otherwise perhaps I’ll try for next Monday. Have a lovely week!

  • Reply Vidya Sury September 4, 2015 at 17:15

    So much inspiration in your post, Sue! I started writing a gratitude journal a few years ago and just the sight of the growing pages instantly lifts my spirits! I am sorry to hear about your friend. How brave of her! Thank you for sharing your gratitude list – truly, the little things matter so very much.
    Happy to meet you, Sue!

    • Reply sue September 5, 2015 at 10:50

      Oh thank you for your lovely words Vidya. A gratitude journal is a great idea. I’m happy to meet you and have a lovely weekend.

    • Reply cathy September 5, 2015 at 21:16

      I re-read this post and the comments Vidya, and I think a gratitude journal is just exactly what I need to start the day each day. It would help me to focus in a more positive way, especially when times are trying.

      Sue, your post is still inspirational!

      • Reply sue September 6, 2015 at 16:30

        Oh thank you Cathy I’m glad you feel that way. I like the idea of Vidya’s gratitude journal as well. Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by to comment.

  • Reply Parul September 5, 2015 at 04:16

    That’s a lovely gratitude list. It’s always such a pleasure writing them and bring so much hope 🙂

    • Reply sue September 6, 2015 at 16:27

      Yes Parul, we sometimes get caught up in life but when we stop and actually list what we have we realise how lucky we are. Thanks for stopping by to comment. 🙂

  • Reply Vinay Leo R. September 6, 2015 at 02:21

    I don’t know if I can find a lot of different things each day to be grateful for, but I do know I’m thankful for some things day in day out. Like friendship, writing, family, books 🙂 A nice gratitude list here. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply sue September 6, 2015 at 16:31

      Some days there aren’t any new things to be grateful for however we always have something we can be thankful for. Thanks for commenting and have a lovely day!

  • Reply Corinne Rodrigues September 6, 2015 at 16:06

    Oh this is something that truly works for me, Sue! Reading another’s gratitude list is also a great reminder to me to be grateful.
    You might like to join our Gratitude Circle – we have an open linky every last Thursday of the month – for gratitude list posts – and keep it open all month long.
    This post of yours certainly qualifies. 🙂

    • Reply sue September 6, 2015 at 16:35

      Hi Corinne I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I would like to join your Gratitude Circle, is there a reminder? I find I have to post to so many things that I forget sometimes! Can I access through your website?

  • Reply Janine September 7, 2015 at 20:06

    Gosh it’s moments like this that really make us think, isn’t it. I admire people who can handle things such as a cancer diagnosis with the same beautiful attitude they have lived their lives with.

    • Reply sue September 8, 2015 at 13:05

      Yes Janine it really makes you stop and think about life. She is an amazing woman who is still fighting which is great to see. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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