It’s a rainy Thursday evening and I’m off to do something I’d usually decide not to do, due to the day of the week and the conditions outside: I’m going to dress up in my casual yet sexy (oxymoron?) finest and go to what has been dubbed African Nite. I am determined that 2009 will have me spending more time out, participating in things that are going on in the city. Despite the fact that this event will likely be overrun by university kids, the music is supposed to be excellent. It doesn’t have to do much to top the events of two weeks ago, so let’s hope it delivers.
As usual, this week has given me a lot to be thankful for:
- I’m grateful for my friend Oya. I met her through this blog and she has turned out to be a great friend. She has a quality I really treasure in friends: she asks me about things that were in progress or that I mentioned the last time we talked. It might seem like a little thing but when I tell someone that I’m trying a new shampoo or that my family member is ill and the next time I see them they remember and ask about it, it makes me feel special. She also
forcesencourages me to step outside my comfort zone, which is good.
- Another friend that I met elsewhere online, C, surprised me today by sending me a copy of The Mrs. Club! I met her last year and she was telling me about the book and mentioned that she enjoyed it, so I asked if I could borrow her copy. She said she’d send it to me but she forgot. I reminded her and she bought me my own copy and had it delivered to me! I was so touched by that very unexpected gesture: I was expecting a loan and instead I received a gift. So kind!
- One of my ogas at work. She actually drives me insane, and for obvious reasons I can’t get into it but she is very caring and loving, and has shown genuine interest in and care for my family members time and time again. Every time I vent about my frustrations concerning her something happens that makes me remember to see the very good side of her, which is much bigger than the bad side.
- Books! A lot of us bloggers are avid readers and I’m no exception. I used to read a lot of fiction but as I’ve gotten older my focus has changed to self improvement, and as a result I’ve been reading books that are more practical than entertaining. I am so grateful for the ability to read and learn from what I read.
- The health care system in Canada. I am so blessed that when I feel sick, I can go to a doctor without wondering if I can afford the appointment or afford to treat any resulting diagnosis. It’s great that once a year I can go for a physical exam and all those important things can be checked out and any problems identified and corrected before it’s too late. I know this is a huge blessing and as a result I try to never miss my annual appointments.
When I first started sharing things that I was grateful for, I didn’t think I’d be able to be as consistent as I’ve been. But what I’ve found is I now think about what each week’s list will consist of earlier in the week, and I welcome an opportunity to think of all that I have been blessed with. It sure is better than focusing on the bad in life, and it’s a step in becoming a more positive person who focuses on the good rather than the bad in her life. Try it â€” it can be in a private journal that only you see or on your blog. I don’t think you’ll regret it!