I am rising to the challenge issued by the Ontario Emperor to identify things that I take for granted. In listing just a meagre selection of the many overlooked blessings in my life, it is evident that for the most part, I am an ingrate.
* clean, running water in hot and cold temperatures whenever I need it
* a collection of technology (digital camera, lap top, cell phone with camera, mp3 player, digital voice recorder, DVD/VCR/TV) that I can use to communicate (or be communicated with)
* the freedom to read my Bible and pray in my classroom with my students
* functional limbs and digits
* electricity, also available to me at all times
* waking up to, and going to bed with, Hubbs (we used to be separated by an ocean)
* having both parents and both parents-in-law still alive and well, and happily married to their spouses
* my hair
* fresh air and open spaces and the absence of noise
* my memory and the ability to retain and recall information and experiences from many years ago
* the wealth to eat more than one meal a day (in fact, I sometimes eat 6 meals per day)
* peace in my nation
Those are just a few that came to mind. As Remembrance Day / Veteran's Day rolls around, let us all not only remember the blessings in our lives, but may we also remember to thank God for the things that we can take for granted, that many paid a heavy price for.