A clingy, puking toddler with definite ideas about where he needs to sit and how unimportant my blog is means we are taking a short look at gratitude today.

Name ten things you are grateful for in your everyday life.

Be creative, don’t cheat with the normal things people throw out there.

“I’m thankful for God and my family and for the food I eat.”

Be grateful for these things, but really consider why.

Actually think about it.

I am grateful that my priorities have shifted over the last few years so that Max being sick and wanting to sit with me is a blessing instead of something I resent or try to avoid.

I am grateful for the snow and ice outside making quite a few of my decisions for me today.

I am grateful for a wife who takes an equal share of the work and responsibilities in our life. I talk to people all week who are saddled with selfish, lazy partners.

I am grateful for 2016 no matter what everyone else thinks of it. It was probably the best year of my life.

I am grateful for audiobooks making it possible to learn and experience great stories almost all the time.

I am grateful that I have the resources to build a small gym in our garage because it is benefitting both Barbara and I.

I am grateful to Barbara for all the work she has done on the new office. It looks better than any office I have any business getting to work out of. She is remarkably talented.

I am grateful Netflix continues to carry all the Curious George movies.

I am grateful to every client I have, and to everyone who is willing to use their time and money to work on themselves. I am grateful to be part of that process every single day (bonus gratitude!)

I am grateful for everyone who takes the time to read this. I really appreciate your time and feedback. Max appreciates your understanding with this short blog today.

Anytime we find ourselves tired or frustrated that our plans are being disrupted, we can stop in that moment and make a list of the things we are grateful for.

There is always something to be grateful for. If you can’t see it, be grateful for the opportunity to adjust your perspective.

Have a great day.