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Indigo Mandala with words - Sometimes the best way to appreciate something is to be without it for a while.

A few years ago, while busy preparing to make a huge Easter dinner for my family, my kitchen faucet broke.  So that meant I wouldn’t have water in my kitchen to finish preparing the meal and for clean up.  What to do?

Thankfully, I had been raised to believe there was always a way. You just need to get creative!

We had to MacGyver it by attaching a garden hose with duct tape to the bathroom faucet which was right off the kitchen and then ran it into the kitchen sink so I could finish the rest of the meal prep.  The clean up was the messy bit – it took hours with all the running back forth between the bathroom and the kitchen.

When I finally got the plumber to bring me the gift of water again in my kitchen, I felt deep appreciation for having a functioning kitchen again.  To this day, whenever I turn on a tap in my home, whether it’s the kitchen sink, the shower, bath or even flushing the toilet, I give thanks for running water.  Such a simple thing we tend to often take for granted.

kitchen faucet (black and white)

Since this is the final blog for July’s joy habit of – Be Satisfied, which is ultimately about appreciating where you are and all your blessings, here’s my top 20 list of things I appreciate, and not necessarily in any particular order.

I appreciate:

  1. My loving son who has become one of the best dads I’ve ever seen.
  2. My caring daughter-in-law who loves my son.
  3. My healthy, active, smart, and funny grandson who just turned three.
  4. The new friends I’ve made since moving to Vancouver Island.
  5. The friendships that have stayed in my life over the decades.
  6. Family who I know will always be there for me.
  7. The ocean that I get to walk to whenever I want.
  8. The forests that I get to walk through whenever I want.
  9. My sacred home that feeds my soul.
  10. The work life I’ve created that allows me to work with people I enjoy.
  11. Having purpose and living it.
  12. All the books and wisdom teachers who help me evolve.
  13. The family I chose to be born into.
  14. Being able to afford healthy food to eat.
  15. Being a Canadian.
  16. The aroma of incense and essential oils and great food cooking.
  17. Having a peaceful night’s sleep.
  18. That I am resilient.
  19. That I have clean fresh air to breathe.
  20. And of course, I appreciate clean indoor running water! So many people around the world don’t and I won’t ever take it for granted.

I encourage you to do your own list. It’s a great exercise to do anytime you feel like complaining.  Since life is unpredictable and nothing is really ever permanent, I say appreciate now!

Love from your Joy Mama,

Gloria Stewart signature

P.S.  What would be the top three things on your appreciation list? Drop a comment below.  Would love to hear from you.

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