In my mind the number thirteen has held fascination for me as long as I can remember. Most likely it comes from my perpetual quest to be uniquely myself. Since thirteen is shunned by many as an unpopular number, then of course it has to be a favorite of mine. If a hotel has a 13th floor I often ask to have a room on it! What started this affinity with the number was so long ago I don’t recall its beginning.
This morning I sat for a few minutes (I should have timed myself, it might have been 13 minutes) thinking about simple experiences I hold in distinct regard; the type I am grateful for that can make me sigh just thinking about them. Here are the first thirteen things that came to mind:
Crawling into bed and feeling my body hit cool sheets after a hot day.
Walking in the rain when it is more mist than drops.
Feeling comfy clothes on me in the evening after being dressed up for work all day.
Being hugged by someone I love that I’ve not seen in a long time.
The scent of my wisteria vine in full bloom on my patio.
The feeling of an at-first too hot shower on my skin once I get used to the temperature.
The first taste of cotton candy after buying it at the state fair.
Thoughts of my son napping on my chest with his head on my shoulder when he was little.
Feeling the dew on my bare feet while walking through the grass on a spring morning.
The rapture of falling in love when it feels like nothing is lacking.
Waking on a Sunday morning and realizing I can go back to sleep for a while longer.
Wearing an old cotton t-shirt full of holes that feels softer than silk to my skin.
A soft evening breeze moving across my backyard making the wind chimes sing.
The more I’ve developed a sense of gratitude in recent years, the more I notice simple things to be thankful for. The more I find the more resonate my gratefulness becomes.
Be thankful that you don’t already have
everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be
to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes,
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
Because it means you’ve made an effort.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those
who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they will become your blessings.
“Be Thankful” Author Unknown