Making a list and checking it twice

Sparkling lights

Sparkling lights

Dear Santa,

My friend, Suzi Banks Baum–you know who she is–the one with Lake Superior flowing in her veins and heart–even though she lives somewhere out East, maybe in the Berkshires or some place near that Atlantic Sea–posted a blog yesterday which ignited my beating heart big time.

‘Twas a gratitude post, Santa, you know, the kind where you state for what you’re thankful, instead of what you want.

We humans are such wanters.

We want this, and this, and how ’bout that too?

They say that gratitude balances our wanting.

When wanting tips the scales in our lives, we might turn to a little gratitude and realize what we already heave.

When gratitude blisses us out, OK, maybe it’s OK to express a little wanting.

Santa, with Suzi’s example, I am making a list and checking it twice.

Telling you what I’m grateful for today, what blessings abound.

Christmas carnation

Christmas carnation

1)  I am grateful for all my friends, near and far.  Gosh, friends make us rich, don’t they?  I have friends from AUSTRALIA and AFRICA and SCOTLAND, can you believe it?  As well as Susan and Catherine and Ruth and Jan and so many more that can actually be hugged in person.

2)  Santa, I am so grateful for our wood stove that keeps us warm, bless its eternal blazing heart of fire wood.

3)  I am so very thankful for blogging, for the gift of being able to share my secret heart every single day, if the heart allows itself to be shared.  My goodness, who would have imagined this gift a half century ago?  Oh my goodness!  To think–my only readers two decades ago were chattering chipmunks!

Chipmunk listening to my stories

Chipmunk listening to my stories

4)  Thank you for the support of the Universe.  Thank you for the gift of Trust.  Please open me to more trust (sorry, Santa, I’m talkin’ to the Universe for a moment.  Please.  More trust in knowing that what arrives is the next teaching, the next best possible gift.)

5)  For a sense of humor, the ability to laugh at Life’s silliness and craziness and unpredictability.  We NEED to be able to laugh!  It’s all so chaotic and nuts…what else can we do besides take ourselves too seriously?  Thank you for the gift of laughter.  Thank you, thank you, thank you Mr. Ho Ho Ho.

6)  Santa, dear Santa, I am grateful for family.  Even though family can challenge every boundary we’ve created, they stretch our hearts to open more and more in love.   They’re so often there for us.  Thank you for the sweet gifts and challenges.  Keep openin’us…

Precious family

Precious family

7)  I am grateful for new opportunities.  Man oh man, if you keep your eyes open, new opportunities present themselves endlessly!  New ways of doing things.  New ways of responding.  New friends.  New possibilities.

8)  I am grateful for writing.  For the love of words which point toward love itself.  For the ability to share–even when my words miss the mark.  And the fact that people listen…oh, my, Santa, you don’t have to EVER give me another present!

Thanks, Santa!

Thanks, Santa!

9)  We can’t forget health can we?  I am grateful for health.  Even though the old gall bladder disappeared a couple of years ago, the body still thrives.  Oh, thank you, body!  Please stay healthy for the next ten years.  Please.  As we won’t have good health insurance anymore…no, forgive this lack of gratitude in the midst of a gratitude post.  I know the Universe will take care of us.

10)  Santa, let’s wrap this up before Christmas Eve (or at least before I get to work) by passing the torch to the reader who might like to quickly add his or her own gratitude list and check it twice.  I’m sure you’ll read every one of the comments, dear Santa, because all of my readers have been good boys and girls this year!

Love, Kathy

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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27 Responses to Making a list and checking it twice

  1. lisaspiral says:

    Those are some pretty big gratitudes. It seems gratitude Santa has been generous this year, Thank you for sharing. Today I need the reminder there’s a lot to be grateful for.

  2. Wonderful things to be thankful for, Kathy. I’m thankful for YOU!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

  3. All this and so much more is coming your way Kathy Drue. I am grateful for you, your playful, bright, curious, penetrating gaze. And that remarkable sparkle in your eyes. And I am grateful for the Blogosphere and all the amazing occurrences that led me to you. So good. xooxox S

  4. Blessing we have soon become the norm and are taken for granted. With an almost insatiable appetite we spend a large part of our youth striving for things we don’t have, if we’re lucky at some point the light bulb goes on and we become thankful for all that is our life.

  5. What a fun way to do a gratitude post! What a nice surprise for Santa! Your letter will stand out from all the other lists, I’m sure!

  6. Brenda Hardie says:

    This is a beautiful and heartfelt list, Kathy ♥ Along with the items I listed on fb yesterday—I want to add that I am so very grateful for you! ♥ You are my angel of the north and I am so grateful how you share yourself and your life with me so I can have a taste of life in the northwoods. ♥

  7. you have friends in Canada too!

  8. jeffstroud says:

    I am grateful I took the time to read this today as well as the link you shared beautifully done.
    Life is full of wonderful moments.
    It is 24 degrees with left over snow and ice, yet the Sun makes diamonds shine from the dripping trees…

  9. msmcword says:

    Kathy:
    How wonderful that you focus on your blessings, and not just your challenges.
    I, too, am learning lessons about gratitude.

    Nancy

  10. john says:

    Santa, I’m so grateful for my family, immediate and extended. I am grateful for their understanding of my quirks (like da UP) and my foibles. I am so grateful for a client in the UP, so I can actually justify my time up there to the ones that think I am wacky. Thank you for our income and benefits which sustain us. And I am grateful for the miracles I know you are going to bring to my friends who are in need of a leg up in life. (Oh, yes I am grateful that the wack jobs in Washington who are in the process of pulling their heads out of their … Out of the sand and are beginning to work together)

  11. Kathy – What a joy-filled post and photographs. I’m smiling 🙂

    Here’s the list I hung on Suzy’s Laundry Line Divine yesterday:
    (1) my husband loves to cook, (2) a wood burning stove for cold winter nights, (3) off the charts amazing clients, (4) my four-legged companions, (5) my manuscript is on an editor’s desk for consideration, (6) vanilla bean scented candles, (7) health and flexibility—body, mind, and spirit, (8) engaging books to read, (9) the camera built into my cell phone is beyond amazing, (10) laughter, Laughter, LAUGHTER!

  12. Love your post Kathy. I love the idea of keeping one’s eyes open to find what is already there. Lately I have been looking at the “wanted’s and needed’s” and consciously asking myself if I am just as willing not to have something as much as I’m willing to indulge in wanting it.

  13. Heather says:

    At this time of year, I am grateful for our breezeway, which turns into a giant walk-in refrigerator. So useful when candy-making.
    Also, grateful for friends and family, and the post office for shipping them tokens of my love.
    And for the snow, which makes this cold, cold weather bearable.
    Blessings Kathy 🙂

  14. Lori D says:

    I took a rare jaunt over to twitter last week, and found a funny tweet. It said, “As we gather around my family Thanksgiving/hanukkah table, each member of my family will say what they’re grateful for, followed by, ‘however,'” ~ Phil Rosenthal. I just thought it was a funny contrast to your lovely gratitude post. I’m grateful for all the same things as you, except a burning fire, but I’m grateful for the a/c.

  15. P.j. grath says:

    I can echo every single thing you’re grateful for, Kathy, in my own heart and life. As for wanting, something that is delicious, too. Sometimes I could just get something right away — immediate gratification — but I wait, in order to draw out the pleasure of anticipating and and focus of wanting.

  16. Susan D says:

    What an amazing list! Santa must be so delighted to get it in the midst of all those others! I’m so glad you share it with us! Big hugs to you, lots of laughter, and countless blessings, dear friend.

  17. Joanne says:

    That’s a great list Kathy, Santa should be so impressed with you for ordering such “lightweight” gifts! 😉 After your nudge yesterday on FB, to read Suzi’s post and to make a list, I had the most wonderful day. And here it is, the next morning, and I’m still feeling great! Thank you Kathy, for the blessing of your friendship. ❤

  18. mary says:

    I recently found your blog. Gratitude is a key in my life. Thanks for sharing. Kathy,your blog inspires me and deepens my personal searching. Wisdom and grace are precious gifts.

  19. Lovely,lovely, lovely. We should all be grateful for many things. I know that I am. Nice post, Kathy.

  20. Such a wonderful post, Kathy! I only want one thing this year: Happiness for the ones I love. I’ll be grateful for that 🙂

  21. All that. Plus Christmas treats. And the fact that I haven’t (yet) gained any Christmas pounds (knocking wood furiously).

  22. Robin says:

    Such a wonderful list, Kathy. Some of the things I’m grateful for are similar to yours: friends, love, health, life. But I’ll add a few more for Santa:

    Dearest Santa, I am so, so thankful for the lessons of this past year. They were not easy lessons, but oh! how much I’ve learned. Thank you for smiles, for laughter, for hugs, for the way the sunlight comes in the bedroom windows in the morning. Thank you for adventures and exploring and learning about new places. Thank you for listening to secret wishes and making them come true.

  23. Stacy says:

    I am grateful for all of the above, Kathy! ❤

  24. For all that has been written and more, I am thankful. For your blogging friendship, I am grateful. For the inspiration I receive from reading your posts, I am grateful. For all my blogging friends, I am thanking…they are all fantastic folk.

    Blessing to all.

  25. Reggie says:

    What a lovely Gratitude List, Kathy. I too am grateful for good friends, near and far, and for friends I have not yet met in person, but hope to meet someday, someday. Wishing you and all your loved ones a peaceful, relaxing, and magical Christmas.

Although I don't reply to every comment on every blog, I do read all comments with mesmerized interest and try to return the favor by visiting YOUR blog or at least sending you heartfelt well wishes.

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