Can You Show More Gratitude?




You can never run out of things to be grateful for. So many times we take everyday things for granted – like our cell phone connection, lighting and heat for our homes, the Internet, TV, microwaves, our games and global connections.

Recently, we had a major power outage in our town.  Our home was without power for seven days. For some folk the outage lasted longer. Spending two nights in a cold dark house with a fireplace for warmth and four nights in an emergency shelter was a stark reminder for me to be more conscious of the things I have to be grateful for.

It’s easy to be grateful when you receive a tangible gift or for food, clothes, shelter but what about the everyday things that we so easily take for granted like the technology that powers the nifty gadgets we use everyday to make our live easier, saves us time and provides entertainment?

Do you remember what it was like before cell phones with calendars when you lugged around a day planner to keep track of your schedule? It’s much more convenient to have a smartphone that is both calendar, telephone, with countless productivity and entertainment apps to simplify our lives.

I became acutely aware during the power outage of some of the things I’ve neglected to add to my daily gratitude list.  Here are just a few of the things I was reminded to be grateful for during the power outage:

  1. I am grateful for the technology that powers my gadgets – smartphone, computer, microwave, garage door opener, and answering machine
  2. I am grateful to have gas and electrical service that keeps me warm and cozy
  3. I am grateful for a large comfortable bed to sleep in
  4. I am grateful for the town services that supplied food, shelter, and hot showers to hundreds of families
  5. I am grateful for the friends who were concerned about our well being
  6. I am grateful for the utility companies from out of state who helped restore power
  7. I am grateful that we will be reimbursed by our insurance company for the spoiled food in our freezer

This could become quite a lengthy list so I’ll stop here.

I have a lot to be grateful for.

I hope you don’t experience a prolonged power outage before you show gratitude for the daily things you may have taken for granted.

And, for more tips on how you can show gratitude in your life, check out my audio and transcriptMore Wealth and Abundance.


Gladys M. Anderson | Self-Care Genie

Gladys Anderson - Life Coach, Therapist, Author

Certified Life Coach, Family therapist and Group Coaching Specialist, Gladys M. Anderson, helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other busy overwhelmed women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care.



  1. Toni Melvin Whitaker says:

    To all things, give thanks. Sometimes it takes something like a power outage to make us thankful for the simple things we take for granted. I am so sorry that you had to be inconvenienced for such a long period of time and am happy that things are back to normal.

    • Hi Toni, I appreciate you visiting and leaving a comment. We sometimes take for granted the conveniences that we are privileged to have. The storm was a definite reminder to include those things on my gratitude list. I hope you’ll visit often.

      Take care…

  2. I am grateful for family and friends, way to many things to list. Thankful to God for bringing us through it all.

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