I started writing this post exactly 10 days ago, aka Thanksgiving Day, which by the way is a really strange concept for my American friends to have Thanksgiving in October. Anyways, 10 days that I’m going over what I’m thankful for in my head or grateful for without really knowing how to put words to it or being too shy to write it because it doesn’t seem “important” enough.
And then this morning, I got this in my email:
In this season of harvest, count your blessings. Be grateful for your gifts of understanding and compassion. Share your gifts with others today.
Not related to the point of this post, but every day I receive an EnneaThought® for the Day, which is a quick note related to my type from Enneagram Institute. The Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI) test produces a full personality profile across nine types. Anyway, go have a look if you’re into that sort of thing like I am.
So all that for saying that I didn’t really have a choice to finally write this post because really, who can judge what I’m grateful for?
The Remote Year Experience
I can’t list what I’m thankful for without mentioning Remote Year. It has been a major whirlwind in my life and that of my loved ones, which brings ups and downs in many areas of my day-to-day life. However, I’m immensely grateful to be able to experience seeing all these different corners of the world, walk these streets and talk with the residents.
I’m referring to both physical and mental health, two things that I struggled with in the last year, even in the last few months. It’s so easy to take it for granted but when it falters, I feel powerless, frustrated and many other things. Fortunately, I’m thankful to have both on the right path these days. 🙂
My Loved Ones
In the last few months, my “family” of friends expanded really quickly, to the point where it sometimes feels overwhelming. But at the same time, I really appreciate all that additional support in my day-to-day life and these new friendships. My friends and family are really far, but every conversation on Facebook or FaceTime warms my heart ❤
Instagram Accounts of Kittens and Puppies
This is one of the things that I was embarrassed to share, but whatever. I’m not ashamed! If you have been following me on Instagram for a while (if you’re not, wth is your problem?), you probably noticed my love for furry creatures. So one of my guilty pleasures when my brain needs a break or if I need a quick pick me up is to check out accounts like Baby Bernese or Kitten Lady. Am I the only one? I doubt it 😉
So here’s to what I’m saying a huge “thank you” today in my life, over 5,000 km away from home. This exercise was relatively simple but made me feel really good, maybe you should also try to do the same thing. Find 3 things/persons/places/whatever that you’re thankful to have.