I have a long commute to work and I hate it. When there is no traffic, it is a fairly easy 30 minute commute. But when there is traffic – and there is always traffic in the DC metro area – it can easily turn into an hour and half or more. I am lucky enough to work in a place where being perfectly on time is neither required or expected. But still, I can’t stand sitting in my car for that long, moving 5 miles an hour.
I’m generally the kind of person who is always trying to maximize my time and sitting in traffic does not allow for me to do an optimal level of multi-tasking. I get annoyed that I can’t be doing something more productive, that I’m forced to sit there and think or sit still or listen to NPR. Gahh! First world problems for sure. So in an attempt to make the most of this commute and to generally make myself a happier person, I have decided to spend each morning coming up with 10 unique things that I am thankful for. Today was the easiest day because I had everything to choose from. The following days may get a little harder but I’m sure that is when it will be most valuable. I have a lot to be thankful for and sometimes it’s easy to forget that.
Here’s what I’m thankful for today:
- My loving husband.
- My healthy family, many of them close enough to see regularly.
- My funny, quirky dogs.
- A job that I enjoy and rarely dread.
- A financially comfortable life that doesn’t have me worrying about how the next bill will get paid.
- A strong, healthy body.
- A solid group of friendships built on love and respect, not gossip and pettiness.
- Reliable and comfortable transportation (remember I was in my car when I thought of this list).
- Spring/summer finally being here after a long winter.
- The ability to buy, prepare and enjoy beautiful food.
Of course this list is only the tip of the iceberg, but it did help get me out of an ungrateful funk and realize that I have it pretty darn good and I need to start seeing that.