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Reasons for Gratitude

Last year following my 37th birthday, I wrote a piece on gratitude which I hope to continue on as the birthdays keep coming (fingers crossed!).  This is an important piece to me because it is a reminder that too often I focus on financial matters while neglecting to underline the true purpose of money.

Money is simply a tool to help us enjoy those things in life that truly matter.


Without regularly taking note of the sometimes overlooked things that bring us joy, our quality of life can quickly diminish.  Likewise, if we decide to regularly take note of these items, our quality and appreciation of life can quickly improve.  That's gratitude working it's magic.  And this happens regardless of our financial standing!  Certainly, financial success can improve your ability to enjoy life's gifts, but please don't let the drive for money overshadow those things (big and small) that truly make life worth living.

All this being said, I've now miraculously survived this planet for 38 years.  So in an attempt to remind myself of the important parts of life, it seems only fitting that I note 38 items that provide me with the type of soul wealth that money alone can't provide.

  1. My immediate family (Megan, Harold, Daddy, Mama, Heather, Sarah, Nolynn, Grant)
  2. My extended family (grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, in-laws)
  3. Friends (childhood, college, adult, work)
  4. Father figures (Darin, Doc, Joe)
  5. Waking up before the sun
  6. Morning walks with a good podcast
  7. Travel to a new place
  8. Meeting someone with a different perspective than mine
  9. Learning and applying a new and helpful concept
  10. Not knowing tomorrow
  11. Independence, VA
  12. Virginia Tech
  13. The energy that only a city can provide
  14. The peacefulness that only a disconnect from the city can provide
  15. A random drive with no destination in mind
  16. Numbers
  17. Fried chicken
  18. Simplification (in all aspects of life)
  19. Freedom (of all kinds)
  20. Seasons
  21. The feel of a cool, crisp morning
  22. Opening day in baseball and the first weekend of college football
  23. The outlook of a child
  24. The kindheartedness of a dog
  25. Memories (good and bad, they all have meaning)
  26. Neighborhood diners and pubs
  27. Christmas lights
  28. The feeling of giving
  29. The feeling of accomplishment
  30. The selfless sacrifices of others that have made (and continue to make) the world a better place
  31. Comedy and laughter
  32. Quick wit (which I do not possess)
  33. The fact that my triplet nieces and nephew still call me Uncle Tappy
  34. Getting hooked on a TV show
  35. New technology
  36. That initial rumble when starting the motor of well-engineered horsepower
  37. History
  38. An unprompted smile or wave

What are some of the small things in life that fuel you?  Take note and appreciate these items on a regular basis so that all of your successes prove to be even more fulfilling.