Life is Great, So Be Grateful

A while back we wrote about abundance and contentment. We believe that being content with what we have has brought us even more abundance. With today’s’ material obsession, it’s hard to maintain contentment. Those currently focused on paying off debt have likely given up some of the material things they previously enjoyed. It’s hard to maintain focus on paying off debt when your lifestyle has changed so much. It can feel like you lost your freedoms and ability to be financially carefree.

It’s fun to have the ability to be financially carefree. We can all enjoy endless shopping sprees, whirlwind vacations and day after day hitting the links. However, most of us aren’t a Rockefeller, Vanderbilt or Johnson. We must budget, sometimes cut back and occasionally make drastic changes to put food on the table, keep a roof over our heads and clothe the kids. There are financially good weeks and financially bad weeks. This can feel as though we are just getting by to make ends meet.

Focusing on just getting by, though, is not how we choose to channel our energy. When we focus on just getting by we focus on scarcity, limitation. One of the greatest aspects about living in America, and many other industrialized nations, is that with the right focus, passion and drive we can improve our current financial situation.

Life is great! There is so much for which to be grateful. As we wrote for The Becomer and is in harmony with the Law of Attraction, what you think upon expands. Instead of focusing on the negative, practice gratitude. Our friend, Faith Young, teaches in her book that when you are angry, jealous, bothered or depressed write down the 100 things for which you are most grateful. Good things will follow.

Below is our gratitude list. We limited it to 50 each, though we could list more. Once you’ve read our list, please share some of the things for which you’re grateful.

David’s Gratitude List

  1. I was born
  2. To be alive
  3. To have loved and lost and been loved
  4. Reasonably healthy
  5. Have a loving supportive adoptive family
  6. Lucky to have always had a job when I have wanted or needed one
  7. The company I worked for paid for about 75% of my college education allowing me to graduate without school debt
  8. Travelled to 6 continents with the most of that using airline miles, like these guys did
  9. Trekked in Nepal and watched the sun rise on the Himalayas
  10. Have an awesome condo with a city and mountain view
  11. I have run 2 half marathons
  12. I have skied the Rocky Mountains
  13. Very supportive friends and family for this site and our books
  14. Swam with dolphins
  15. Spent a month long sabbatical in Australia and New Zealand
  16. I have over $200k saved for retirement
  17. I love science and nature and how the universe is made
  18. I live in one of the most successful and free countries in the world
  19. My life has been free from war
  20. I have never gone hungry
  21. I have written one book and have more on the way
  22. I was able to put my financial life in order at some point so that I will be able to live the life I want
  23. I had the strength and courage to come out and live my life the way I feel is best for me
  24. I have been free from persecution and hate from others
  25. To have had great friendships throughout my life
  26. I have had a number of great examples in life
  27. I am able to read
  28. I have a good job that allows me to do what I enjoy while also having the time to devote to something I am passionate about
  29. We were smart enough to buy a home that was less than 1.5 times our annual salary at the time and have made it a home we love
  30. I have watched some amazing sunsets from my balcony
  31. I have attended a number of awesome concerts at Red Rocks amphitheatre
  32. I lived in Dublin, Ireland for a year and a half when I was 13 and was able experience life in another country and culture
  33. My parents never divorced when I was growing up
  34. I was raised with a decent set of values
  35. I love being outside enjoying the great outdoors
  36. I live in Colorado, one of the most diverse and beautiful states in the US
  37. I have been able to give back with both my time and money to help others who are less fortunate
  38. That I have the freedom to choose who I vote for and do not feel compelled to vote for the lesser of two evils, because there are other choices
  39. That I have a computer to type this list out on
  40. That I can see the full rainbow of colors that the world has to offer
  41. That my life has been free from crime
  42. For the diversity of people in this world
  43. That I like to kiss and be kissed
  44. That I am a romantic at heart
  45. That I like fresh fruit and vegetables
  46. That the obstacles in my life have not been so insurmountable that I have given up
  47. That my life has been a lot of fun
  48. That I am an experiences person rather than a things person
  49. That I have learned some hard lessons over life, but none that have had major consequences, such as loss of life or limb
  50. That I have a partner in life and in this great business adventure that I completely love

 

John’s Gratitude List

  1. David, a great life partner and friend
  2. Starting a business with someone I love
  3. My family who supports and loves me
  4. My fun and loving friends
  5. My good health
  6. Long runs in the early morning
  7. To live in a free country
  8. Our goals and dreams
  9. Our home
  10. The beautiful state of Colorado
  11. Debt Free Guys
  12. To be able to devote eight months to Debt Free Guys
  13. Our comfortable and secure financial situation
  14. The new jobs we both just started and will allow us to continue Debt Free Guys
  15. Reading great books
  16. Music and dancing
  17. Good wine, beer and coffee, especially with good friends
  18. Our past financial struggles
  19. Chocolate, sushi and cooking at home
  20. Our travels
  21. Swimming with several pods of dolphins in New Zealand
  22. Kayaking the South Pacific Ocean
  23. Riding bikes over The Golden Gate Bridge
  24. Seeing the top of Denali two days in a row
  25. Snowboarding, especially The Continental Divide
  26. Driving The Great Ocean Road in a BMW while listening to Chicane
  27. Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
  28. Seeing over 200 buffalo at one time in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  29. Dancing all night in Ibiza
  30. Drinking beer by The Thames River, riding The London Eye and walking The Millennium Bridge in London
  31. Seeing The Rockettes in NYC
  32. Going to Mardi Gras in Sydney
  33. Riding the Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska
  34. Going to Winter Music Conference in Miami
  35. Seeing the Marriage of Figaro at the Sydney Opera House
  36. Spending countless hours at the beach and in the ocean
  37. Riding a horse on the beach in Puerto Vallarta
  38. Body surfing at Bondi Beach
  39. Going to a luau in Maui
  40. My time living in Washington DC
  41. My soul searching in San Diego
  42. Buddhism and The Law of Attraction
  43. Yoga and meditation
  44. My open-mindedness and sense of humor
  45. The eagerness to continue learning
  46. Art, entertainment, music and sports
  47. My years of swimming, particularly in college
  48. Science and physics
  49. Architecture & design
  50. Seeing Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, U2 and Bob Dylan live

What are you grateful for in your life? We’d love to hear from you.

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  • Julie @MillennialCents 18 / 06 / 2014 Reply

    Awww.. what a great exercise. As Helen Keller once said, "Be happy with what you have, while working for what you want"

    I think I could easily think of 50+ things I’m grateful for. Like you both, I would include a lot of my travels! Plus, I’ve been pretty lucky with my career and love life. Knock on wood- so far so good 🙂

    • John Schneider 19 / 06 / 2014 Reply

      Julie, you are absolutely right. We could have come up with many more than 50 and try to do the 100+ when we are in a not so good space as Faith suggested. It really does change our mood and helps us focus on some really great things.

      The quote from Helen Keller is a great one. I will have to keep that in mind.

      Thank you for sharing and commenting.

  • Cheap Students 23 / 06 / 2014 Reply

    I agree! This is really great. I think a lot of people don’t take a few moments to realize all the great things going on in their life. I’m not going to lie I complain about a bunch of things but there are so many aspects of my life that I should be grateful for. Loved the post and thanks for opening my eyes a little wider today.

    • John Schneider 25 / 06 / 2014 Reply

      I think we’re all prone to complaining once in a while. We just need to constantly remind ourselves of how good we have it. You’re welcome and thanks for reading and commenting!

    • John Schneider 26 / 06 / 2014 Reply

      Thanks Cheap Students. We agree. Life can get you down so often, but if you keep reminding yourself of the good things, they will become your focus. I have a reminder set on my phone to do it every morning.

  • Jim 11 / 12 / 2016 Reply

    I’m always grateful that my family is healthy – wife, kids, parents, in laws, etc. It’s not something you think about often so these gratitude lists and habits are always a good reminder of how good things really are … even if sometimes day to day stuff might not go our way.

    • David Auten 12 / 12 / 2016 Reply

      Thanks Jim! Great observation. We often take things for granted. Our health is a big one. I completely agree with you that we are fortunate to have kept tabs on our health, which isn’t always easy. Sounds like you and your family are doing the same. Cheers to very healthy and happy 2017!

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