Gratitude List

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the US.  I thought it would be appropriate to post a gratitude list.  You might want to think of keeping one, if you don’t already.  I’ve seen gratitude lists in two forms.

  • Every night, make a list of 10 things you’re grateful for.
  • Every night, list three things you were grateful for during the day, with no day-to-day duplications.

The second one’s a whole lot harder.

For 2010, my list, in alpha order, is:*

  • A car that starts when I want it to and stops when I need it to
  • A cash fund to buy new tires the next time I need them
  • A PC, wireless, and a backup notebook in case / for when the PC dies (again)
  • A reasonable understanding of math
  • Abandoned railway lines
  • AdWords
  • Amazon
  • America’s reinvention culture
  • An affordable mortgage
  • Antarctica & penguins
  • Art, color, and the Chatham Artists Guild
  • Being alive during a time when it is possible to start a business by yourself, without much investment
  • Blue hair color
  • Business education
  • Chainsaw carving
  • Clean drinking water
  • Craigs List
  • Creativity
  • Dogs (and cats)
  • Education
  • Ehrlichia blood tests for dogs
  • Fellowship
  • Flea & tick prevention products that (mostly) work
  • Free long distance
  • Gel pens
  • Good health
  • Google
  • Halters for dogs
  • Health insurance I can afford
  • Hoop dance
  • Innovation
  • Jordan Lake
  • Knitting & free fiber
  • Libraries
  • Literacy
  • Living in a four-season climate
  • Love & family & friends
  • Mild winters
  • Music
  • No criminal record
  • Orthodontics
  • Outsider art
  • Paid-off student loans
  • Rabies vaccination
  • Riding lawn mowers
  • Roundup
  • Support from other people in business (inside919, Team Nimbus)
  • Transdermal drug delivery systems
  • Twitter & Linkedin
  • WordPress and other affordable technology for solopreneurs

*50 things–by design.  Heard Dan Ariely talk the other night.  He said that if you asked someone to come up with 10 reasons why they loved their partner, they’d have trouble, and then decide they loved less than someone who had been asked to come up with three reasons.

Harumph.  10 is easy, if you aim at 50.  Fifty is a good number for lists like this.  It helps you push through the obvious answers.  (That’s why I alphabetized the list–so you wouldn’t know which items came first.)

What’s on your gratitude list this year?  Let me know in the comments.  Happy Thanksgiving!