So I've been deliberately noticing the things in life that I am happy for and, where there is someone responsible, I'm doing what I can to thank them. For those that are the result of no known human intervention, I am able to say thank you to God.
What are you thankful for today? And what have you done about it following the recognition of these gifts, expected or otherwise? More to the point maybe, how has recognising them made you feel?
For me, after a hard couple of days, it was good to sit this morning and reflect on the following, in a particular order of which I am unaware:
2. My work takes me interesting and sometimes beautiful places like Bavaria in the full glory of the autumn palette.
3. I get paid for enjoyable work - even on the hard days I love the work that I do, particularly when there is obvious change or growth in someone's thinking.
4. Today's shirt is crease free - never a given when you take it out of the suitcase but a pleasant confidence boost to know that I won't look too unkempt all day.
5. My alarm woke me up and I chose to not ignore it - tempting as it was after a late finish.
7. Everyone around seems to understand me - not in terms that they know me well but simply that my mono-lingual output is understandable to them, even though I am in a non-English speaking country.
8. The sun is shining.
9. My colleagues this week were inordinately helpful - especially useful given that I was assisting on a session I had never seen in action before.
10. Since I am autonomous and self-employed, I am free to only have a nine-item list.
11. But since I am no longer needed to assist today's seminar, I have freedom this afternoon to explore the area - an unexpected bonus.
Now it's your turn. When you stop and look, however many rubbish bits you might find, hopefully there's something, even a small something, that you can give thanks for. What is it and how or who are you going to thank?