Doubling Your Wonder

Thanksgiving Day is my favorite day of the year.  It happens to be the day I proposed to my bride.  “Thankfully” she said yes.

Leading up to gratitude day, there are so many things that capture my attention and cause a sense of wonder.

English writer, G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” 

If you want to exponentially multiply your gratefulness, start with opening your eyes and looking around.

Personally . . . 

I am thankful for old books.

I am thankful for the sunrise I saw yesterday morning.

I am thankful for long checkout lines that remind me life is meant to be lived slowly.

I am thankful for cold water after a hard workout.

I am thankful for encouraging comments at the end of a blog.

I am thankful for strawberries on my Cheerios.

I am thankful for my front porch after a long day.

I am thankful for movies that make me cry.

I am thankful for my coworkers who make me want to be a better leader.

I am thankful for my blue sweatshirt that I wear on my day off.

I am thankful for the opportunity to double my wonder.

How about you?

 

i2i,

Randy

 

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Chris Patton

9 years ago

I am thankful for my wife’s laughing at my jokes.
I am thankful for the way my children still see me as Dad.
(can’t do it justice with words here)
I am thankful for a hot cup of coffee every morning.
I am thankful for blogs that make me think.

Randy

9 years ago

I am thankful for the coffee too Chris. Great comment!

Coach McAllister

9 years ago

Here are a few…
The Bible
My family
Starbucks
Fall
Spring
Vacations
My basketball boys
The simplicity and “realness” of the Andy Griffith Show
Great movies
The way my kids make me laugh
My Border Collie Urby
Working in my yard
Phenomenal parents!!

Randy

9 years ago

Andy Griffith should be on every list. Classic Coach!
Can’t wait to meet Urby. Thanks

Scott Humphrey

9 years ago

Here is a list off the cuff:
My family
My faith
My friends
A church that is alive
Itunes
Casting Crowns
My job
The great team I work with
The customers who trust me to look out for their interest
A company that is strong
This blog and the others that challenge me every day
the fact that Randy and I didn’t just grow older, that we did and continue to grow up!
For Spring
For Fall
For College Football
For my In-Laws
For Health for me and those who God has allowed me to be surrounded by…..

Randy

9 years ago

Great comment today! We all have so much to be thankful for.
Thanks Scott.

Stephen LaFond

9 years ago

Love the blog Randy!
I am thankful for so much:
Being alive today
Knowing God is with me every step of the way
My wife and her loving and loyal ways
My new kids and the looks in their eyes
The light in my 93 year old grandmothers eyes
My parents and there loyalty
The beauty of nature, the moon, stars and all of the rest!
Date nights with my wife
My job and a boss that pushes me to be a great leader
There is so much more, I am so grateful for you Randy, this blog helps me continue to grow and become a better person and leader. Thank you for taking all the time that you do to get it done.
May God Bless all of you!
Stephen

Randy

9 years ago

Thanks Stephen. Great list!

Marlin

9 years ago

I am thankful for:
God
My loving wife
my children
Grace United Methodist Church
my church family
my Sunday School Class and all they teach me
the changing seasons
baseball
each day’s end and beginning
a good nights sleep
reruns
chocolate
Loving, caring parents
extended family and all that comes with them
devotionals
thought provoking blog (Randy)
and the wonder that is LIFE!

Randy

9 years ago

Baseball should make every list Marlin. Thanks for the comment!

Dan Black

9 years ago

I love what you said about needing to “open your eyes and looking around.” Here are a couple of mine,
God and the positive impact He has on my life.
Having a movie and dinner night with my wife.
Spending time with family.
Seeing my wife laugh and be happy.
Books
Living in a free country.

Randy

9 years ago

Great stuff Dan!

Max-life

9 years ago

My dad
My twitter encouragers (thats you sensei lespeci and the gang)
My brothers
My mom
The rest of my crazy family
My God given talents
My friends
My two best friends who will stand by me no matter what
My oppritunities that i take advantage of in USA
most importantly my salvation.

Randy

9 years ago

Thanks P. Great “MAX” list!

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