Facebook has made it so that trends start easily. Ideas by one can catch on by many. I can’t remember where or when this trend of sharing daily posts about what one is grateful for got started. To me, it’s not a worthwhile exercise. I start to read what someone wrote about being grateful for having such amazing children, an outstanding spouse who does everything including never asking for sex, and a job to envy, and I stop reading immediately, and move on quickly.
It’s not that I don’t want people to be grateful, its’ just that I think the person should either share it with the person he/she is grateful for and not his or her 4000 friends who don’t care, or keep it to themselves. Share it with the one who will benefit from the good feelings, not the people who are passersby or voyeurs in life.
Does it make it more meaningful when the sentiment is shared to 4,000 rather than to just the object of adoration? Maybe to you and maybe even to the person who is the recipient but maybe not. I’d rather err on the side of being conservative, and by golly, if I am grateful that my husband never asks for anything more than a daily meal, I’m going to let him know it!
But the whole Facebook Thanksgiving trend has gotten me thinking (uh-oh), and I am sure I can come up with a list of Top 10 Silly Things I am Grateful For. I know I should make it 30 or whatever number of posts the Facebookers are doing but I am not sure I can come up with 30. We shall see.
Top 10 Silly Things I am Grateful For (in no particular order)
1. Google. My daughters are so smart that I need to do a search nearly every day in order to figure out what the heck they’re talking about. I did well in school for the most part, but didn’t retain much of anything useful.
2. Amazon With Amazon Prime, I don’t have to go out and make special stops at stores; I can buy it all with one-click. And let’s not forget their awesome movie selection. Without it, my husband and I would never sit on the couch together at the same time. Now that Amazon Prime can be given as a gift, I’m thinking that there will be many new people who love Amazon Prime right along with me.
3. Urban Dictionary.com. Without this invaluable resource, I wouldn’t know what some of the text abbreviations or certain slang terms mean. Isn’t communication all about knowing what’s being said? Just recently, I had to look up “puff, puff, pass.”
4. WebMD.com and other sites just like it. I have a very bad case of hypochondria, and WebMD makes it worse for me and my family.
5. The Internet, in general. I love learning new things, and I have learned so much from doing searches on the Internet. Granted, I’m not sure if the information is legitimate, but at least I’m keeping my brain engaged at my advancing age. Currently, learning how to use essential oils is my thang.
6. WordPress. Let’s be honest, I would not be published without it.
7. Phones with Cameras. I am not big on taking photos of my friends or family. My girls take pictures for no special occasion, just because they have a phone and it has a camera in it. Thankful they’ll be able to completely and thoroughly document their childhoods.
8. My “Naturally Right” hot/cold pack. Betcha thought this whole post was going to be about technology. Nope. My hot/cold pack has been a savior these past couple of days with my bad back. I heated it up in the microwave and am using it as we speak. Love this thing and will probably buy another just to keep in the freezer.
9. Artists. Musicians, painters, carpenters, weavers, designers, or anyone who can create something out of nothing with their hands. My talents do not lie in the arts so I’m always in awe of those who are creative. When I buy something created by an artisan, it can bring me joy every single time I look at it.
10. My dog. Without my dog, I probably wouldn’t be motivated to go for a 4-5 mile walk every other day but because it’s good for her, I do it. Sure, I grumble every time it’s my night, but I am grateful she’s the reason I head out into the night. For the first time ever, my doctor asked me if I was an athlete. Imagine my surprise!
That’s my list for now. What are you grateful this year?