Taken for Granted

Every morning long before I started this blog I have sat down in the spot pictured and checked the news, read emails, shopped, amused myself and done work.  It is where I have my first cup of coffee each morning and a place I stop by within an hour of bedtime most every day.  Computers and all that go with them has become such an ordinary device for most of us, we hardly think any more of how amazing they truly are. 

The first computer I ever had at home did not have a CD drive, did not have a sound card and compared to computers today it moved at a snails pace and did little of what modern day machines can do.  I remember how amazed I was in 1990 when my first home computer arrived and was setup and working (and that took a while!).  Now today I am able to do so much more but take it all for granted.  It occurred to me this morning I am grateful for having this ability in my home, not the least of which is to come here and write in my “gratitude blog diary” each day. 

In just a few short days I have discovered so clearly that the more I have acknowledged the blessings in my life, the more abundant are the reasons I find to be grateful.  From deeply emotional items to common every day things I have take for granted I am learning gratitude on a much deeper level than I have known previously.  How well I live compared to just 50 years ago.  Compared to a hundred or hundreds of years ago, I know I truly do live in an amazing future that could not have been comprehended even a hundred years ago. 

So today’s gratitude expression is not earth shattering or deeply emotional.  It is just acknowledging something I see and use every day:  my home computer.  It is appropriate that I should be thankful for the equipment with which I spend at least an hour or two each day.  It brings me so much.  Thank you Bill Gates, Steve Jobs,   Blaise Pascal, Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Haskell Brooks Curry, Alonzo Church, John von Neumann, Grace Hopper, Stephen Kleene, Alan Turing, Claude Shannon, Alan Perlis, John Backus, Seymour Cray, Marvin Minsky, John McCarthy, Edsger Dijkstra, Niklaus Wirth, Donald Knuth, Bob Kahn, Dennis Ritchie, Ken Thompson, Vinton Cerf, Jon Postel, Whitfield Diffie, Robert Tarjan, Bjarne Stroustrup, Steve Wozniak, Richard Stevens, Richard Stallman, Tim Berners-Lee, Linus Torvalds and the thousands of others whose work made it possible for me to write these words on this screen.

What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life. Oprah Winfrey