This time of year everyone is writing what they want to change, be better at, stop doing, or do more of. In most cases these “resolutions” will soon be forgot. Instead I’d like to remember the blessings of 2012. While my blessings may not be the same as yours…here are some of mine.

1. Thankful for good health. Oh sure, I could always improve in this area. But I am grateful for being overall very healthy.

2. I am grateful for a loving husband. Now he isn’t perfect, but then neither am I. He will occasionally leave his socks on the floor, and forget to hang up his clothes. But I love the little love notes he puts into my briefcase or in my lunch bag. I love our night time chats before we roll over and go to sleep. I love how he helps me with the dishes and takes out the garbage so I don’t have to deal with it. Yes, I am very grateful for my loving husband.

3. I am grateful for my children. In light of the shooting at Sandy Hook this year, I was glad that I could talk to my grown children, and hug them. Even though I don’t always agree with them, and  they sometimes drive me a little nuts from time to time…. I love them and am grateful for them.

4. Along with my children are my grandchildren. My grandson was more interested in playing with the big red gift bag then the gift that was in it this year. He made me smile and I enjoyed his imagination as he scared his sister walking around in the big bag! My grandchildren always put a smile on my face.

5. In light of what happened with hurricane Sandy on the east coast, I am grateful for a roof over my head, heat in the house and lights that work. Even though I often complain that my electric bills are too high… none the less I am grateful.

6. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work as a missionary for almost 3 weeks in Kenya this year.  The opportunity to deliver food to the poorest of the poor, to listen to their stories, and be with these wonderful people was a blessing. They told me that I blessed them by being there, when in fact I felt that I was blessed for getting to meet them.

7. I am grateful for living in America. A country where I get to vote for leadership, and gives me the right to disagree with out fear of persecution, and practice my religious beliefs in my own way.  While in Kenya I learned that Tribal conflict could cost you your life, and in some marriages one partner had to flea for fear of death by the tribe of the spouse.

8. I am grateful for friends. Some of my friends talk too much, or are perfectionists and they me a little nuts from time to time. But I am thankful for their friendships.

9. I am grateful for laughter. The ability to laugh at myself when I make a dumb mistake or when I watch headlines on the Jay Leno Show. There is nothing like a good laugh to lighten my day, and remind me that I shouldn’t always take myself so seriously.

10. I am grateful for my clients, the people I coach,  the audiences that hear my keynote presentations or motivational speeches, and my business workshop participants. Because with out you, I would not be able to do what I love the best. I love speaking to you at your business meetings and conferences, teaching you management skills, and coaching  you to succeed and  reach for your goals and dreams.

Have you put together you blessings list?

Instead of complaining… what are you grateful for?