Lane Bryant

Being Grateful for the Little Things

Being Grateful for the Little Things

A few weeks ago, I was talking to a friend of mine. Both of us was in crappy moods when she stated that she was going to do an alphabetize list of her blessings. This list helped her to be grateful for the little things in life. It was the first time I had ever heard someone say that so of course I wanted to know more.

Sometimes in life, we spend so much time concerned about the big things that we forget about the little joys in life. The things that some people in this world wish they had that we take for granted. We get caught up in this materialistic world, and we start to bitch about trivial stuff that in the end doesn’t matter. In my case, I bitched about a pipe I had to have replaced in my home.

The pipe was expensive to replace because it required the concrete on my patio to be jackhammered and replaced. It was the one pipe in my house that probably cost the most to replace; go figure! I was pissed because I thought about all of the things that money could have bought. Money down the drain, money I couldn’t see, and money that I could have taken with me on my holiday vacation.


After my friend had explained to me what her logic was behind the list of blessings, I took an inventory of the way I thought about the plumbing work I had done. The pipe served several purposes in my house. The washing machine that I used weekly to wash my clothing depended on that pipe. The dishwasher that I used almost daily depended on that pipe. The kitchen sink that I use to run water for everything from making coffee to cooking food depended on that pipe. Lastly, the basement that I entertained in and wanted to keep dry depended on that pipe.

I had to flip my way of thinking about the situation. I had to learn how to be grateful for the little things. I also had to learn how to take negatives and turn them into positives. I became grateful for things like clean water, coffee, dishes, tide, and tequila. Whatever works!

Grab a sheet of paper and write down all the small things you’re grateful for from A-Z. It sounds easy, but it quite challenging. The key to this exercise is to list small things like A is for the apple I just ate; not A is for the Audi I got sitting outside.

How do you remind yourself to be grateful?

9 Responses to “Being Grateful for the Little Things”

  1. Martine says:

    A grateful list a great way to put life in perspective. I have a Be Grateful notebook where I write down everything I’m grateful for each morning. But I’m going to try the A-Z list, I like challenging myself. Thanks for the post.

  2. Josselyne H. says:

    That is so right. Knowing me I would have to start guessing and making stuff up for x and it would be an eye opener and a heart softner. Great idea. Thank u for sharing.

  3. This is a great way to put and keep things in perspective. I’ve been having one of those days where I need to be reminded of my blessings and being grateful for the little things. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. I absolutley love this! I’m really big on mindset shifting and focusing on the positive rather than the negative. I’m going to write down my gratitude list in this format and I just might share it on Periscope. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Making a list is a great way to help you focus on your blessings. It’s so easy to get caught up in what’s not going right instead of focusing on the little things that make life really rich.

  6. I love the idea of an alphabetized list of your blessings.

  7. Stacie says:

    I love this! When you are going through something, it’s hard to know the purpose of the struggle. But a list like this can help you re-focus. Going to have to keep this in mind!

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