Got Gifts This Year?

by Kimberly A. Cook                    (Twitter@  WarriorTales)

Fighting the mall traffic, the crazy weather and the to do list as long as a roll of toilet paper, we can forget the real gifts we’ve already gotten. So this time of year I like to reflect on what I’ve already received and am thankful for all year long.


Spec Ops Cat shows off his pre-cuddle exercises.

  • Kitty cuddles from Spec Ops Cat complete with free purrs
  • Laughter with family, friends and co-workers
  • Hugs from family and friends
  • Listening ears when I’m cranky and tired
  • Sleeping in my own bed
  • Heat
  • Hot showers
  • Massages
  • Good health
  • The colors pink, purple and teal
  • Books and reading
  • Digging for thundereggs
  • My Subaru getting me through the December monsoons
  • Faux fur blankets
  • Imagination
  • Tea pot collection
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Heating pad with timer
  • Elvis
  • Classis Christmas songs
  • The Minions
  • Taking photos
  • Daffodils
  • My writer friends
  • Oatmeal with peanut butter
  • Alpaca socks
  • Yarn
  • Home
  • Flannel sheets
  • Roses
  • Red sparkly nail polish
  • Daydreaming
  • YouTube animal videos
  • Cartoons
  • Raspberries
  • Garfield
  • Beads and jewelry pieces
  • Writing
  • Warm summer night breezes
  • Blog readers
  • Naked toes in sandals
  • Carnations
  • Purple glasses
  • The calls of frogs and crickets
  • The ocean
  • Bunnies
  • Hummingbirds
  • Hot tubs
  • Rainbows
  • Creative minds
  • People who do good things
  • USA
  • Squirrels
  • Sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing
  • Chocolate
  • Support

That’s the short list. This month I’m finishing my nineteenth year of keeping a daily Gratitude Journal. Because besides the tinsel, wrapping paper, gift cards and crazy, the true gifts we receive all year long are the most important.

Here’s wishing you all happy holidays and gifts all year long on your very own all ready gotten gifts list. We are all more rich than we realize. What’s on your 2015 gifts gotten list?



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6 responses to “Got Gifts This Year?

  1. Ooh, great list! Mine includes dogger walks. 🙂

  2. Janet

    I’m going to start a gratitude journal in 2016. So easy in this day and age to get suckered into negativity with Tweets, FB, 24/7 news….Thanks for bringing the journal to the front of my mind today.

    Merry Christmas Dear Friend!

    • Happy Holidays too Good Friend! I use “The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude” by Sarah Ban Breathnach. It is hard-cover, pretty and reasonably priced, plus I can buy it every year. Happy New Year! 🙂

  3. Karen

    in no particular order, Comet tummy tickles with loud purring, chocolate, mom and Kim’s listening ears, warm water when I wash my hands, the delight of genealogy club members as we add new information and ancestors to our research, kayaks and bicycles, HV Hikers, girl’s trips, attending my daughter’s wedding and being invited to their first Thanksgiving complete with their new traditions, health, warm fuzzy blankets, five grandchildren and a new son in law!

  4. Love all of this. It takes a minute of reflection to realise just how lucky we all are…

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