After the night comes the morn: Things to be thankful for

by Anna Blanch on November 11, 2010

 In some ways this post may seem somewhat superficial. I’ve been thinking about those things i’m thankful for. I like approaching November and December as an opportunity for thanksgiving, being grateful, and turning my mind to preparations for Christmas. I bought my first Christmas present of the year yesterday, but more about preparing my heart, rather than the physical preparations in time.

So today is sharing a list of things for which i’m grateful, finding even a glimpse of joy or happiness, and those things i’m looking forward to. It’s not necessarily the things that touch my heart most deeply, but it is a list and I like lists.

  • Spending a bit of time with my camera lately has been a real joy.
  • The recent Les Murray poetry reading here in St Andrews. I wrote about this on Transpositions recently.
  •  Realising this week that I’ve written drafts for half of my doctoral thesis. Some aspects are obviously still rough, but things are on track in terms of the larger project! 
  • I’m very excited and proud of both my sisters who have reached goals they’ve had for many years. It’s great to see your family succeed after such hard work! I’m anticipating the celebrations when we see each other in December.
  • I come from a country with some of the best beaches in the world! (can you tell i’m planning some time in the sun?)
  • I’m finally coming out the other side of the ‘freshers flu’ bug I’ve been struggling with for the last month!
  • I thankful for the encouragement and support of friends around the world – skype is really such a wonderful application.
  • BBC’s Turn Back Time series which looks at the High Street through history. Their episode on the Victorian High Street makes me appreciate the period a little more. Sometimes it’s great what i can watch with enjoyment and call work!
  • I’ve finished all the book reviews I have to do for the year. It’s nice to finish tasks and to allow some fallow time before facing the next deadline.
  • I’m so grateful for the cottage. It’s such a great blessing to have such a comfortable little home and i’m looking forward to the next wave of visitors later this month. I’m looking forward to having some more time to decorate (how very domesticated of me)!

Thankfulness is important. So is perseverance. A phrase that’s cheered me and which i’ve have shared with friends who are the midst of the writing process at the moment is this:

Putting one foot in front of the other, writing one word and then another, 
and seeking to find joy in the midst of it it all.

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