I’m Grateful for…

While at the Jedi Praxeum, where I was taking some classes, I was asked to list 20 things that I am grateful for and I wanted to share those here with you as well. What are 20 things that you are grateful for in your life? Let me know in the comments!

1. I am grateful for my family.

My wife has given a lifetime to me, who has given me children and a home. The one who sacrifices daily so that we can be happy and healthy. Who gives all and asks and expects for nothing in return. My children have helped bring added purpose to my life. They have allowed me to pass on my knowledge and skills. Also my other children, the furry ones, have brought me so much love and joy just like my human children.

2. I am grateful to have a little extra money in the bank.

I usually have enough money to provide food, clothing, shelter, and occasionally some fun. We rarely struggle with money these days, it wasn’t always like this, but for the moment it is. Not able to retire, but still able to be more worry-free.

3. I am grateful for the hardships in my life.

Without the hardships in my life, I would not be the person I am today. These things help shape our character and how we relate to our path and the world around us. Learning Grace, Courage, Faith, Hope, and finding Nobility within makes going through these hard times all worth it. Heat and pressure create the most beautiful and useful tools and weapons in the universe. This applies to people too!

4. I am grateful for my improved health.

I was recently suffering from poor health issues relating to allergies to food. After several trips to the hospital and months of suffering, I was finally able to find relief and changed my diet to accommodate the things that were probably slowly killing me.

5. I am grateful for my shield brothers and sisters.

Strength is found when a group of like-minded individuals come together and are devoted and loyal to each other and a common goal and/or cause. Learning, sharing, and growing together. There is nothing better.

6. I am grateful for the freedom to explore any form of worship and spirituality I desire.

I was born and lived in a country where I am free to explore spirituality, religion, philosophy, to my heart’s content without government intervention. I realize how fortunate I am to be afforded this opportunity and I do not take it for granted.

7. I am grateful to have steady work.

I have always had steady employment and for this I am grateful. This past year and some months have been very hard on people and many still do not have employment because of the shutdowns in most of the world. Things are starting to look up, but I do not take for granted that I was fortunate enough to keep employment without interruption.

8. I am grateful for laughter and Joy.

Laughter is the best medicine they say. I don’t know if that is true, but I do know that when I am laughing and having a good time, I don’t feel any pain or sickness. Maybe they are right!

9. I am grateful for relative safety and security.

I am grateful that I live with relative safety and security in my life. This is in part due to the laws and customs where I am from. This is also in part due to my diligence in keeping myself and my family from harm as much as I possibly can. There are things outside of my control of course, but we do the best we can to mitigate as much risk as possible.

10. I am grateful for the time away from work.

Having steady employment is great, but equally is having time away from that job very important to our health and happiness. Having a balanced work and home life is very important. If you don’t have time to enjoy the fruits of your labor, then what is the point?

11. I am grateful for Love.

I am loved. I love others. I love myself. I love you. For this I am grateful. Love is an experience that brings us together for better or for worse. Without it, much of what we know and experience in this world would not exist, at least not in any meaningful way. Compassion is love, pure love is compassion.

12. I am grateful for pain.

Pain is a measurement of growth ultimately. It helps us know where we are in life. It helps us know when there is something wrong with us physically. Without pain, just like with love, we would not get to experience some meaningful parts of our lives.

13. I am grateful for the seasons.

Seasons give us so much. They teach us about change, about life and death, about the very Force.

“Nature gives to every time and season unique beauty; from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it’s just a succession of changes so soft and comfortable that we hardly notice the progress.” — Charles Dickens

14. I am grateful for each day I wake up.

Not much should have to be said for this. I am grateful for the opportunity to be here amongst the living every day.

15. I am grateful for the path that I walk.

The best thing about the path is that I walk it with purposed intention. It is mine to be walked; it provides me places and knowledge to explore. No one can walk it for me; it cannot ever be fully explained by me or to me. We have to opportunity to express ourselves fully and completely when we forge a path to be proud of. Do not judge your path against another too harshly, as all paths lead to the same destination.

16. I am grateful for those willing to teach and for the freedom to explore things to learn.

When I seek to learn, I always find a willing teacher out in the world. Both the willingness to learn and the willingness to teach are as priceless as the purest gold.

17. I am grateful for those who sacrifice their comfort and safety so that we can live in relative peace and comfort.

I am grateful to those who serve their fellow man. If your job involves service to others, then you are doing the most important thing anyone can do for another. I am grateful to serve you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service to us.

18. I am grateful for music and the freedom to choose whatever music I want.

I am listening to music as I type this out. Rhythm and harmonies seem to be at the very center of creation itself. It seems to be in the building blocks of everything seen and unseen in this universe. It is also a universal language in a world of 1000 dialects. Man and beast have a common understanding of the importance of music in the world we live in.

19. I am grateful for the moments that make me pause.

Those moments where we can take a breath and collect our thoughts, to be present in the experience of the moment. Thoughtful contemplation is not just an exercise for the Mind, it is in a lot of ways the way of the Soul.

20. I am grateful for this assignment and to those who will read this list.

I am grateful to you. Thanks for giving me an extra reason to be reminded of how grateful I am to be here and for all of the things that make me who I am.

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