1. Family 60%
2. Health 11%
3. Significant Other 10%
4. Friends 8%
5. Music & Personal Talents tied 4%
6. Technology/Money/ Pizza tied at 1%
Abstract concepts such as faith, freedom, and love didn’t rate. The significant other squeaked in at 10%. It could be the idea of romantic love no longer enchants. There are more single people in the United States than married or co-inhabiting folks.
Curiously, employment didn’t make the cut either. My grandmother worked three jobs after her husband died. At four in the morning, she showed up at the bakery and made the bread, pies, and donuts for the day. She took a bus across town to get someone else’s children breakfast and stayed to clean the house. Finally, she took in laundry and mending for those few hours, she was at home. While some people would consider the work a hardship, she saw it as a blessing and a way to feed her own children.
Food was another thing not mentioned, if you discount pizza. A good part of the world goes to bed hungry. Having something to eat is a very big deal. Having something left over is miraculous. A co-worker told me she’d always put a nice dinner on the table when her children lived with her. That made her happy and proud.
Right now, consider what makes you happy. There’s no right or wrong answer. On a dating profile, I listed my dog, sunshine, and Diet Coke with lime as some of my favorite things. Now, that I’m married my husband takes the number one position. A new member to the list is people like you willing to support folks you don’t know with a comment or a tweet. Bless you. This blog hop is for you. Visit as many blogs as you can because everyone as something for you. It’s our way of giving back.
Here's my gratitude slideshow. There's much more, but it took forever to find images.