This is not an Easter post, although I do worship
the cult of chocolate, so Easter is a special time for me.
It’s not religious either. I gave that up years
This Girl has been putting her mind to the things
that I am thankful for and today seems like as good a time as any to reflect on
1. For the use of my body
On holidays last week in New Zealand, I walked, a
lot. I saw new places, forest, beaches, views, got sand beneath my toes, walked
up and down mountains, and looked out at the ocean.
I haven’t been in the pool for weeks, today I dived
in, and deciding to go hard I swam two kilometres.
After those walks, and again today, I’m thinking
about how good it is to feel tired because I’ve been in my body and enjoyed
Small things like the word app, Wordament, or the
next potential addiction, Quiz Up, and the bigger things like reading, analysis, problem solving, and
trying to see things from someone else’s point of view: using my mind’s
capacity is one of the things I value most.
As in, the sharing of bread and wine, thoughts and
feelings, in devotion to the people I care about is what I’m talking about.
Yesterday, a group of my friends shared lunch. We made food together and ate,
played games, enjoyed each other’s company and relaxed. I give thanks for these
4. Freedom of expression
Today some Facebook friends had an exchange over one
of my posts. Nothing too confronting, but definitely a difference in opinion. They
said their piece. Born in other places we couldn’t do this, here we can. I like
it, and I’m getting better at accepting the differences that come with this
5. Feeling love
I must have been six or seven and I remember
jumping up and down on my bed singing something I’d seen on Countdown that
evening. The song is long gone, but I remember asking my mum who'd come to put me to bed, why so many songs
were about love. She told me it was because love was one of the most important
things in the world. It is pretty good, and the last word goes to Paul Keating
on the matter.
'You've got to go through life with someone
thinking you're special. When you've got to get your sword out for real combat,
I think having the love quotient working for you is very powerful.'
What do you give thanks