Taking “U” Things With Gratitude

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. ~~ G. K. Chesterton

For the rest of November, I’m going to take with gratitude some of those things I often take for granted — an entire alphabet’s worth! Since today is the twenty-first day of this surge of gratitude, I am giving thanks for “U” things.

I am especially grateful for:

Unexplained, unexpected, unexplored. I have always loved books that first lay out and then try to solve the riddles of this world. For example, the pyramids have been the epitome of mystery, yet there have been some wonderful SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAsolutions to the puzzle, my favorite (and the best explanation I have come across) is that they were generators, converting the earth’s energy into usable energy. (If you’ve read my novel Light Bringer, you will already know this.) I am grateful for all unexplained, unexpected, unexplored places and things in this world. They give us scope for imagination, and prove to us that not everything can be proved.

Unnoticed. By definition, we take for granted all those things in our lives that pass unnoticed. The world reflected in puddles. The flowering weed by the wayside. The machines that start up the first time. The appliances that quietly chug away unnoticed until something goes wrong. The people we pass on the street without a glass. The bare-limbed trees that are patiently awaiting spring for us to notice them. Today I will notice such things, and be grateful.

Uniqueness. In this homogenized society, where we seem to eat, dress, think alike, we need to celebrate our unique qualities, no matter how embarrassed we are by them or how annoying they are to others. So today, I will be taking uniqueness — yours and mine — with gratitude.

Utensils and other useful things. Every day we wield various utensils and other useful things without giving them a moment’s thought. Potato mashers, can openers, spoons, forks. So many wonderful bits and pieces that make our lives easier! Today, I won’t be taking such tools for granted, but will be taking them with gratitude.

So, what “U” things are you taking for gratitude today?

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See also:
Taking “A” Things With Gratitude, Taking “B” Things With Gratitude, Taking “C” Things With Gratitude,Taking “D” Things With Gratitude, Taking “E” Things With Gratitude, Taking “F” Things With Gratitude, Taking “G” Things With Gratitude, Taking “H” Things With Gratitude, Taking “I” Things With Gratitude, Taking “J” Things With Gratitude,Taking “K” Things With Gratitude, Taking “L” Things With Gratitude, Taking “M” Things With Gratitude, Taking “N” Things With Gratitude, Taking “O” Things With Gratitude, Taking “P” Things With Gratitude, Taking “Q” Things With Gratitude, Taking “R” Things With Gratitude, Taking “S” Things With Gratitude, Taking “T” Things With Gratitude

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Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

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