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December Gratitude - Day 2

Monday - Day 2


I have much to be thankful for today. Now, that doesn’t mean they won’t be upsets or tragedies in our lives that we must face. But they don’t have to define us. I always take a moment to stop and self-reflect, I will realize I have so much more to be thankful for every day. These are the 3 things I am grateful for today.


Health



The very fact that I can sit in my office and write this blog post means I’m very very blessed. I’m blessed to have the physical strength to walk, the mental strength to write, the overall health to be productive.


Health is one of Maslow’s fundamental priorities. We take it for granted because it’s always there, until it’s not. The minute it’s taken away is when all the so-called-priorities in life, like getting laid or making that first million, seem less important.


I’m starting to understand why people who lose their legs in catastrophic accidents return to their pre-accident happiness levels in 6 months. Whether conscious or not, they’ve replaced what they had taken away with an increased appreciation of what’s left.


If you play chess, imagine losing your queen. You appreciate your rooks so much more. I’m obsessed with living forever not because living to 250 is the most important thing in my life (although who am I kidding, that’d be awesome), but because it reminds me to do important things like exercise, socialize, get proper sleep, and eat healthy foods.


Friends



I’m grateful for friends who put up with my shit. I think friend does mellow out over time, and I’ve mellowed out some, but I can still be a pain-in-the-ass and I’m thankful for patient friends who try to focus on my good qualities. The stories, the trust, the respect that builds over time. In general, I’m grateful for GOOD people. Most moderately successful people are selfish and full of ego. To be truly good – considerate, genuine, and reliable – is a gift. One I don’t yet have.


Abilities



This is a catch-all, but includes things like:

  • The ability to earn a living doing what I enjoy – starting companies, creating technology, writing

  • The ability to define meaningful goals and act on them

  • The ability to travel and live in new places

  • The ability to choose the people I spend time with, in every capacity

I believe ability is not given to you at birth – it comes from lots of focused hard work. Just read The Talent Code or Outliers if you don’t agree. I hope to respect and nurture and continue investing in them.


So that’s it. There are many other things – like these lists that pop up all the time – but I’ll keep this post short by my standards :) What are you grateful for in your life? How do you continually remind yourself of those things?

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