One Hundred Blessings

#45 Back rubs

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.

~Robert Quillen

One day, while I was going through tough times, I read a book that challenged me to stop feeling sorry for myself and instead, list one hundred blessings in my life. Since I was wallowing in my dark mood it seemed like an impossible task. But as soon as I began to randomly write down the positive things in my life, I was amazed how quickly one hundred blessings spilled onto the page. Soon my furrowed brow disappeared and I began to smile.

Afterwards, when I read though my long list of blessings I realized… I could easily add a hundred more.

Life is good.

100 Blessings

1.Being alive

2.Being healthy

3.Being able to exercise

4.Being an American

5.Having enough money

6.Husband Jim

7.Married for 47 years

8.Daughter Betsy

9.Daughter Lori

10.Son Steve

11.Grandchild Rachel

12.Grandchild Adam

13.Grandchild Kyle

14.Grandchild Sarah

15.Grandchild Emma

16.Grandchild Amy

17.Grandchild Anna

18.Grandchild Ava

19.Grandchild Andrew

20.Son-in-law Geoff

21.Son-in-law Matt

22.Daughter-in-law Stephanie

23.Writers

24.Writing group

25.Writing talent

26.Chicken Soup for the Soul books

27.Editors publishing me

28.Beautiful home

29.Courtyard

30.Decorating talent

31.Waterfront view

32.Dolphin encounters

33.Little boat

34.My car

35.Music

36.Flowers

37.Good food

38.Sale of farm

39.Memories

40.Computer

41.Cousin Lyz

42.Clothes

43.Parties

44.Good books

45.Backrubs

46.Holidays

47.Good teeth

48.Shopping bargains

49.Laughter

50.Hanging out with my kids

51.My kitchen

52.My laundry room

53.Antiques

54.Christmas trees

55.Freedom

56.Mild climate

57.Coconut palms

58.Healing

59.Travel

60.Kindness from others

61.Stimulating conversations

62.Walks in the neighborhood

63.Sunrises and sunsets

64.Birds at birdfeeder

65.Deck

66.Comfortable bed

67.Antique bedstead

68.Fireplace

69.Education

70.Retired from teaching

71.Interesting TV

72.Peaceful beach

73.Good tenants in our rentals

74.Family adventures

75.Church

76.Safety from harm

77.Comfort

78.Quiet neighborhood

79.New job in retirement

80.Beauty of nature

81.Precious moments

82.Glad I lived this long

83.Special friendships

84.Free time

85.Gardening

86.People who respond to me

87.A good doctor

88.A future

89.Smiles from others

90.Forgiveness

91.Praise

92.A teaching career

93.No major disasters in life

94.Free of cancer

95.A good night's sleep

96.Relationship with God/Christ

97.Two Bible studies

98.Electricity

99.Air conditioning

100.That I have 100 things to be grateful for

Cover image via Diego Naves I Unsplash


This story is from 
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive: 101 Inspirational Stories about Counting Your Blessings and Having a Positive Attitude Â© 2011 Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC. All rights reserved.