This past weekend I got to reflect on what I was truly thankful for in my life. With good friends and family around me, it was hard not to think of the obvious things I am grateful for.
Health. Employment. God. Community. Home. Food. I know there are many people that don’t have any of those, so it was a great reminder to honour them more in my life. And BOY was I happy for food on Thanksgiving night! Playing domesticated house-dad for 7 hours in the kitchen gave me a new appreciation for all those holiday feats I had in Ontario where my Nana and Mom would cook and knit all day long. Instead of knitting, I watched TED.com videos. Most inspirational cooking session ever!
As I basted and boiled in the kitchen, I thought of the not so obvious things I was thankful for:
The sound of laughter.
“A ha!” moments. (when your audience makes sense of what you are presenting to them)
The taste of London Fogs.
Adventuring – with a map.
The feeling of a hug hello.
Receiving a random postcard in the mail.
Hearing stories of my friends’ successes.
The serenity found in an organized environment.
Wearing a nice vest.
Playing board games.
This reminded me of the challenge that was passed on to me 4 years ago: write down 50 things I am thankful for. They had to be emotions, tangible objects, places, or actions and couldn’t be people or categories of people (e.g. friends). It was such an experience creating that list the first time. That being said, after this weekend, I am intrigued to see what my 50 things would be now…
What would make your list?
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