Gratitude Challenge Life

10 Simple Things in Life

The focus for the 16th week (Apr. 24 – Apr. 30) of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge was:

Simple Things in Life

The simple things in life, are often taken for granted. But what are the simple things in life? Let me count a few, and see how many you take for granted.

1. Rainbows


When sunlight passes through water droplets in the sky, it forms a rainbow. In other word, when it’s raining and the sun is shinning, chances are that there would be a rainbow.

But even as simple as this feels, it is one of the simple things in life that fascinates me every time I see one.

2. Showers

I’ve always said that on my list of pleasures in life, showers come right after sex. I do not care what anyone says or things, but a cold, invigorating shower always feels so damn good. The best part is that you can enjoy a cold shower at any time of the year.

3. Time

And by this, I mean the time you give to someone, like a friend. I still remember one night in the year 2006 when I needed some company. I needed someone to walk with me to the market that night, but everyone was busy.

When I thanked the only person who agreed to walk with me, she responded saying: it’s only five minutes of my life! That’s probably one of the most profound things anyone ever said to me.

4. Sunrise/Sunset

I’ve had the privilege of watching the sun rise, as well as set, with someone. Coincidentally, it was with the same person. If you’ve never watched the sun set or rise, please add that to your bucket list. Even better, do it with someone significant in your life.

5. Food


Even as essential as this one is, I something about food last year. Food is never something to fight over!

We all have houses to eat and drink in, so why get angry or offended if you don’t get served, in an outing or occasion? It’s not worth it, and we’re all grown ups. Even so, most of us take food for granted.

6. Language

I often wonder if animals have language. Nevertheless, I am fascinated at the many different languages that exist for communication. And that includes programming languages used in communicating with computers.

There’s a saying that for each language you speak is a different person living inside you. Well, I don’t remember the saying word for word, but that’s what it meant.

7. Life

You didn’t think “life” would be on this list, right? But think about it though. It’s easy to make life, and yet so easy to lose it, even though we do not actually create life.

Our decisions in life at lead us to where we are right now. It will eventually determine how we pass out from this life. We shouldn’t wait for a near-death experience before stop taking life for granted.

8. Music

I do not know who first created or discovered music, but I wonder what their reaction was. Sometimes different sounds coming together, would sound like music, even if it’s not. Even plants enjoy music!

When was the last time you listened to some good music? I don’t mean, “hearing” music. I mean, really enjoying the music, and being in the moment.

9. Smiles


A genuine smile can actually brighten up a room. A smile from the right person, or at the right time, can make ones day (or even week).

I bet that when you heard the word “smile”, you remembered certain faces because of their smiles. And trust me, someone, somewhere, smiles whenever they think of your smile.

A smile is like a universal language that everyone understands, even children. So never stop smiling because you’d never know who’d fall in love with your smile.

10. Gratitude

I learned something recently. When you express gratitude to someone for something they did, it makes them feel good. And when people feel good, they are more likely to do things for you.

So it’s like a circle! Be grateful, and people will want to do more for you to be grateful about. But that is even besides the direct benefits of expressing gratitude in one’s own life.

Whether to God or to people, being grateful, and expressing it, works miracles. So the next time someone does something nice for you, give a warm smile and say thanks (and mean it).

I’m sure there are many more “little” things in life, but dwell on these for a while.


Now it’s your turn… What other little things do you think there are in life?

Please share in the comments section below.

7 things I was grateful for during the 16th week of this 52 weeks of gratitude challenge:

  1. I stepped on a rake today, but thank God the puncture wasn’t to deep. It has already started to heal
  2. Thank God I was able to claim my clothes from the tailor today, since Tuesday when I should have
  3. I’m grateful that I was able to withdraw some dollars today, because I wasn’t able to get some yesterday
  4. To all the friends that I lost over the years and for all the friendships that ended normally and abnormally, I am grateful. Thank you, for all the lessons
  5. I want to thank God for the life of my uncle who passed on to eternity today. I knew more about the man in his death, than when he was alive. Indeed, he lived a life. May his soul know peace!
  6. I’m thankful for the news of likely job offers in the near future. Whatever the outcome may be, I remain grateful
  7. Today, I realized that I am what’s wrong with my businesses! So I’m grateful for this realization