The Little Things are the Big Things

Real Estate Agent with Samsel & Associates 0790808

One hundred things I'm grateful for this year. 

100. Sea shells.

99.  Hot tea with honey.

98. Chapstick.

97. Rainbows.

96.  Umbrellas.

95. Email.

94. Kind strangers.

93. Fluffy towels.

92. The smell of baking bread.

91. Clean water.

90. Babbling brooks.

89. Orange and red trees.

88. Not setting my alarm.

87. Ball point pens.

86. The dog's tail wagging when I come home.

85. Church bells.

84. Clean sheets.

83. Comfortable shoes.

82. Vegetables.

81. Vacations.

80. Naps.

79. Cheering for the Mets.

78. Finding money in pockets.

77. Chocolate ice cream.

76. Bubble wrap.

75. Snow men.

74. Clean air.

73. Good hearing.

72. Ice cold white wine.

71. Music.

70. Calculators.

69.  Coffee.

68. Dramatic clouds.

66. The internet.

65. Drum lines.

64. Bird watching.

63. The public library.

62.Leaf blowers.

61.The beach.

60. Dunkin' Donuts drive through.

59. Neighbors.

58. Homemade cookies.

57. Friday nights.

56. My cell phone and the phones it connects me with.

55. Mentors.

54. Avocados.

53.Sunlight through a clean window.

52.Spellchecker (but not autocorrect).

51. Crunchy walks in the woods.

50. Good eyesight, and the eyeglasses to make it perfect.

49. Wreaths.

48. Washing machines.

47. Strong legs.

46. Sunrises.

45. Welcome mats.

44. Park swings.

43. Farmers markets.

42. Rain.

41. Surprises.

40. Baby giggles.

39.Old photographs.

38. Funny movies.

37. Leggings.

36. Marching bands.

35. Ceiling fans.

34. Good bread.

32. The ocean.

31. Audio books.

30. Amazon prime.

29.  Sharp pencils with new erasers.

28. Science.

27. Snow days.

26. Dish washers.

25. Lasagna.

24. Random acts of kindness.

23. Fluffy pillows.

22. Teamwork.

21.Steaming hot showers.

20. Love letters.

19. Netflix.

18. Mittens.

17. Good hair days.

16. Sleep.

15. The right to vote.

14. Traditions.

13. Cats.

12. Crisp french fries.

11. Date nights.

10.  Sunsets

9. Police officers.

8. EMTs.

7. Fire fighters.

6. New friends.

5. Old friends.

4. Wrapped presents.

3. Dog kisses.

2. Moms and Dads.

1. And the number 1 thing I'm grateful for is people like you who read through my whole list :)



I challenge you. If you're having a tough day, make your own list. I wasn't expecting this, but I feel fantastic right now after composing my own list. If you stop and recognize the great things around you every day, especially the little things that you take for granted, you'll see how marvelous life is!

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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I love the idea of the list!!!!  And, #77...I just had a bowl of it this evening. 

Nov 14, 2019 05:03 PM #8
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl I read them all and I'm grateful that you made this list for the contest!

Nov 14, 2019 05:35 PM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wayne and Jean,

What a fabulous list, and I have to say that reading it was very, very inspiring...A

Nov 14, 2019 07:47 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


Nov 16, 2019 06:49 PM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Wow, Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl this is one impressive list. You have inspired me.  Have a lovely Sunday. D 

Nov 17, 2019 06:58 AM #12
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. You are so right..we often forget these things that are so dear to us and warm our hearts and make us smile! I'm going to make my own list!

Nov 17, 2019 07:25 AM #13
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Great list. Great photos. Thank you for sharing. There are so many things here to be thankful for. There is not a day that goes by that I'm not thankful for steaming hot showers (or baths). 

Nov 17, 2019 09:34 AM #14
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I love your list!  There are soooo many things to be thankful for. The list is never ending. I did a Challenge with myself in 2016 where I wrote a series called 100 Happy Days.  Here is the link to Day 72

Nov 17, 2019 11:17 AM #15
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - when you make a list like this you are counting your blessings.

Nov 17, 2019 02:54 PM #16
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

So many things to be grateful for! I love your list, must have been fun to put it in writing Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl It made me think, it's been a long time since I did mine.

Nov 17, 2019 06:06 PM #17
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

What a lovely list. You're on to something, the little things are the big things!

Nov 17, 2019 07:00 PM #18
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

how wonderful your list is!  Thanks for sharing - and starting my day with a smile for sea shells

Nov 18, 2019 07:16 AM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Wayne and Jean:

I love this list. There is so much to be grateful for, whether a big deal or something small.


Nov 18, 2019 11:47 AM #20
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Wayne and Jean - you are such a loving and wonderful couple. Your list sparks joy and laughter and there is a lot of good meat in there too! Yes! we have a lot to be grateful for, don't we? I wish you a very creative Thanksgiving Holiday with love and laughter and lots of good food too!

Nov 25, 2019 11:10 AM #21
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Great post, Wayne and Jean.  I had to smile through the entire list!

Nov 30, 2019 10:04 AM #28
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Great list guys. I do not have the patience to it down a write a list that long. I'm good for 20-25 tops!

Nov 30, 2019 11:02 AM #29
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Grateful for spellchecker, but not autocorret...I love that!  I have always been poor at spelling so I am grateful for spellchecker, but autocorrect gets me in trouble!

Nov 30, 2019 12:41 PM #30
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Jean and Wayne:

I came back to read this again when I saw it feature by Carol. What a great list.

We did a Thankful Board for Thankgiving for our family with everyone sharing the things they were thankful for including the grandkids.


Dec 01, 2019 10:01 AM #31
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

We're so lucky to be able to take most of these things for granted.

Dec 06, 2019 10:08 AM #32
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Just reading your list made me smile! I would have to agree with all of it!

Dec 06, 2019 01:12 PM #33
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