It's Thanksgiving evening here in London, and I'm sitting rather solitarily in my little flat, having just eaten a decidedly non-traditional pasta dinner and watched an episode of Netflix's The Crown.
Today, of course, is a day to give thanks and be grateful for all the good things in our lives - something we probably should be doing every day, but rarely get around to in practice. That's the spirit of the holiday, right? (Well, modern-day spirit, anyway. Controversial holiday origins notwithstanding.)
I kinda sorta had a day of gratitude just last week on my birthday, when I listed the 3.5 things I was most grateful for in the past year. But today, even though here in the UK it was just a "normal" work day, I tried to pay attention to some of the little everyday things I usually don't notice, but could still be grateful for, such as:
- Going for my first run in over a month, early this morning
- Starting a funny new audiobook on the way to work (The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom), which turned out to be read by Bronson Pinchot, who starred in perhaps my favorite sitcom of all time, Perfect Strangers
- Someone randomly came by my desk at work and gave me some M&Ms - free chocolate!
- A quick ray of sunshine peeking through the clouds on my lunch break
- Texting with my family this afternoon and wishing each other a Happy Thanksgiving
- My mom and brother sending through adorable pictures of my younger niece Lucia, bundled up in a way-too-big-for-her jacket
- My cozy new poncho keeping me nice and warm all day
I mean, you get the idea. It's just nice to notice the little things to be grateful for. Early in 2015, I actually worked my way through a book called The Magic, which basically walks you through 28 days of gratitude exercises. It was a great challenge to follow what's basically a step-by-step approach towards a more grateful life. That probably sounds like a bit of a hokey description, but honestly, nearly two years later I still think about that book and am convinced it made a difference in how I felt about myself and my life at the time. Perhaps I should even work my way through it again, now that I think about it.
But I digress. The point of today is typically to sit down with family, eat turkey, and be thankful. And since I'm far away from family, and I don't eat turkey, I at least tried to get the last part right.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody.