I have really taken to this semi-regular post on Mia Freedman’s blog Mamamia. It asks, ‘What are you thankful for?’ and encourages us all to consider what we are grateful for today, what made us smile and where’s that damn silver lining. Whether this a much-needed cup of coffee, random kindness from a stranger, or an unexpected encounter, this exercise in gratitude helps all of us to see the small, but certainly not insignificant, beauties in the world.
This is most cathartic when the proverbial shit hits the fan. So:
Thank you, volcanic cloud, for showing me how cool my friends are. Upon hearing of your spread through the British air space, they have taken me out like some Japanese tourist and kept me smiling everyday.
Thank you for buying me time to clean my room, back up photos and files and sort out my taxes, all of which I wouldn’t have had time to do otherwise.
And thank you for keeping me in Melbourne long enough to see Matt Preston’s pink jeans on Masterchef for myself. Priceless.