Peter and I spent yesterday together. We ate breakfast and visited with friends at our favourite diner. We took our books to a café and settled down at a corner table, drinks in hand, for a companionable session of quiet reading punctuated by the occasional chat. We ventured into a brand new (to us) European market and had fun exploring the aisles and purchasing meat, cheese, fresh rustic bread, and other delicacies for dinner. Then we headed home for a nap with the cats.
Momentous? Hardly. In fact, to anyone else it might seem like a terribly dull and uneventful day, barely worth a mention.
But to me, days like that – the ones marked by simple pleasures, exploration, moments of connection – are the stuff of which memories are made. To me, days like that fill my heart with joy, contentment, and gratitude. To me, days like that are treasures.
In no particular order, here is my own gratitude list for this moment in time. I hope that after reading it you’ll go on to write and share your own!
- That a potentially dangerous incident that closed the tunnel between Windsor and Detroit (an international border crossing) was resolved with no one hurt and no damage done.
- Discovering and falling in love with a great classic, Jane Eyre.
- Holiday generosity that lingers into the new year in the form of gift cards for me to spend.
- That I was able to get around this week’s major systems glitches at work and accomplish everything that needed to be done.
- Online connections that evolve into real friendships.
- Creativity… and even creativity slumps, which make the productive times that much more valuable.
- The people who devote their time and effort to organizing photo and blog challenges so that others can be inspired to create, learn, grow.
- The growing self-confidence and assertiveness that comes with age.
Now it’s your turn!
How to get involved in the Gratitude Linkup
Note: This linkup will be open for the entire month, so feel free to add as many gratitude posts as you choose to write in January!
- Write and post a gratitude list in your own blog.
- Click the “add your link” button below and share your gratitude post.
- Click “get the InLinkz code” below and add the linkup code to your post.
- Visit and comment on some of the posts listed in the Gratitude Linkup.
P.S. – Here’s some background on why I started the Gratitude Linkup.