Gratitude Galore: More of Life's Blessings (Part 4)

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I've written three posts so far this month about specific things and people I am thankful for in my life. When I tried to narrow down what I wanted to write about for my fourth and final entry, I couldn't decide. 

What I did decide was to make a random list of things that bring comfort and joy into my life (and a few personal philosophies).  I could write a blog post about each one, but I'll save you from that.

Here they are, in no particular order of importance:
  1. Gratitude for Freedom
  2. Cherishing Personal Health and Learning to Adapt
  3. Appreciating the Comforts of Home
  4. Valuing Access to Fresh Water
  5. Thankful for Electricity and Modern Conveniences
  6. Admiring Those Who Decorate for Holidays
  7. Gratitude for Music Creators
  8. Love for Learning and Curiosity
  9. Skill in Expressing Opinions Tactfully
  10. Finding Humor in Various Situations
  11. Nutcracker Collection Symbolizing Good Luck and Protection
  12. Mastery Over Personal Thoughts
  13. Optimistic Outlook on Life
  14. Comfort in Being True to Oneself
  15. Balancing Future Planning and Present Living
  16. Calm Approach in Crisis Situations
  17. Freedom of Travel with a car
  18. Staying Connected via Cell Phone
  19. Ease of Navigation with GPS
  20. Valuing Loyal Family and Friends
  21. Empowerment in Teaching Others Respect
  22. Choosing Battles Wisely
  23. Turning Adversity into Opportunity
  24. A Continuous Sense of Gratitude for Life's Many Blessings
This is my fourth and final entry into the November Gratitude Challenge, hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Here are the other three:
Living With Gratitude: Part 1 
Reflecting On Faith Beyond Circumstance   
Beyond the Screen: Unexpected Blessings  

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Comments (15)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Carol. Quite the list. Well thought out. Thanks for sharing in one concise post. Enjoy your day.

Nov 28, 2023 03:37 AM
Carol Williams

Thanks, Wayne Martin 
Enjoy the day with your grands!

Nov 28, 2023 04:37 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing your final entry of the Gratitude November Carol!!!

Nov 28, 2023 04:22 AM
Carol Williams

You're welcome, Sham Reddy CRS 

Nov 28, 2023 04:38 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Oh that's a great way to do your fourth post. I'm having the same problem - there are just too many things to be thankful for that it's hard to pick one. And reading your list just added a few to mine! Thank you!

Nov 28, 2023 04:35 AM
Carol Williams

I know, Kat Palmiotti 
There are way too many things to be grateful for!

Nov 28, 2023 04:39 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Great list, especially the first one. Just ask the Israeli woman and children who have been held hostage since Oct 7. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Nov 28, 2023 04:39 AM
Carol Williams

For sure, Bill Salvatore - East Valley 
That would definitely add a whole new appreciation to freedom.

Nov 28, 2023 05:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Carol... I was initially going to write a similar post and then decided not to (but don't ask me why). I agree with everything you wrote and thank you for your admiration (I go all out decorating for Christmas). :)

Nov 28, 2023 05:12 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker 
I would love to see your home during Christmas time.

Nov 28, 2023 05:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Carol Williams I'll send you pictures, although be forewarned that I'm a terrible photographer! You should see my neighborhood, though. Totally lit up!

Nov 28, 2023 06:42 AM
Carol Williams

I would love to see pictures, Nina Hollander, Broker .

Nov 28, 2023 06:55 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I always love the pictures of your trees Nina Hollander, Broker 

Nov 28, 2023 07:43 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Carol Williams you and Bob "RealMan" Timm!

Nov 28, 2023 06:57 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Carol - list-making can be helpful in bountiful ways.  It can be brainstorming as well as action-producing.  It seems ideally aligned with thankfulness in that way.

Nov 28, 2023 06:37 AM
Carol Williams

I could have made a much longer list, Michael Jacobs . The list goes deep and wide!

Nov 28, 2023 06:56 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is a great list Carol Williams and I found myself agreeing with each point, especially 

  1. Appreciating the Comforts of Home

I am not much of a traveler, I like being home.

Nov 28, 2023 07:47 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Carol Williams ,

What a great entry into the November challenge! You put a lot of thought in your list..well done!

Nov 28, 2023 08:48 AM
Carol Williams

Thanks, Dorie Dillard Austin TX 
I certainly could have made a much longer list.

Nov 28, 2023 02:02 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Well said Carol!  Very thoughtful list of things to be grateful for.  I feel like almost all of them would be on my list as well. So much to be grateful for every day, all day long!

Nov 28, 2023 09:42 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

I was thinking maybe you would have Carol. It's a pretty amazing story.  Looking at both photos is like - how the H did she walk away from that ok?  Miracle!

Nov 28, 2023 02:55 PM
Carol Williams

I have one more thing I should have added, Anna "Banana" Kruchten... that guardian angel! I might write a bonus post about that.

Nov 28, 2023 02:02 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Carol that is much to be grateful for, and I think if each and everyone was to sit down for a few minute and think about all we have to be grateful for we could come up with equally long lists.

Nov 28, 2023 01:55 PM
Carol Williams

I'm positive you could, George Souto.  The list is really never-ending.

Nov 28, 2023 02:03 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Carol- I love this so much!!!!  As I was reading this, my head was shaking YES!!!!  You know, when you take the time to give serious thought about what you're grateful for, it becomes an exercise that soon becomes repeated every day. 

It's easy to say I'm grateful but to take it a step further and be specific about what you're grateful makes you appreciate it all the more. 

Nov 28, 2023 07:18 PM
Carol Williams

Our blessing go deep and wide. It's impossible even to make a complete list, isn't it?

Dec 03, 2023 07:13 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I like your list of 24 blessings, Carol.  I share many of them.

Nov 28, 2023 08:03 PM
Carol Williams

Go for it, Myrl Jeffcoat 

Dec 03, 2023 07:13 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Your gratitude list is one that everyone can benefit from, Carol. May you always be blessed with them all! 

Nov 30, 2023 11:34 AM
Carol Williams

Yes, we are all very blessed, aren't we, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! ?

Dec 03, 2023 07:14 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

Every day, Carol Williams!

Dec 03, 2023 07:33 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dec 02, 2023 06:59 PM
Carol Williams

Wow. Thank you, Kathy Streib.
I hope you and Larry have a wonderful day.

Dec 03, 2023 07:15 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That's a list of thoughts that could offer anyone a more than happy life. We don't need to go over the top to get a smile.

Dec 03, 2023 07:17 AM
Carol Williams

Good morning, Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 
Thanks for checking out my list Gratitude List. It would be impossible to list them all! AR only has so much bandwidth. 😁

Dec 03, 2023 07:20 AM