Today I’m grateful for… Camaraderie and support, which sometimes take us further than we can manage alone. Watching the sunrise from the road, sharing the moment with hundreds of other runners who are awake to the joy of just being alive, in that moment. Remembering to give someone the benefit of the doubt, and ask … More Gratitude
Today I’m grateful for… The peaceful containment of flight, with uninterrupted reflective space to appreciate perspective and connect in with myself. Surprise gifts from my gorgeous husband. A chance to connect with colleagues and explore new ways forward that respond more effectively to the directly political nature of our work. Early morning runs exploring beautiful … More Gratitude
Today I am grateful for… Trusting my impulse to pick up ‘The Book of Joy’ on my way into the airport, inviting more introspection and joy into my life! Making the conscious choice to breathe and slow down rather than getting stressed about logistical travel challenges. Soaking in the view. Fresh carrot and ginger juice, … More Daily Gratitude
I’m often amazed when I’m absorbed in easily-accessible joys that I don’t do these delightful things more often! Twice during the weekend my boys and I headed out for very simple adventures quite literally on our doorstep, and while my wanderlust and pleasure in wider travels and adventures remain, it is even more satisfying to … More Grounded
The soothing sound of the ocean, the sand between my toes. Sipping Port under the stars, my feet warmed by a fire. Birthdays that are full of joy, surprises, laughter and love. Concrete actions that further my wish to surround myself with things that make me happy – this week’s greatest satisfaction being planting some … More Happiness #4
I wrote the next ten additions to my happiness list on an aeroplane, flying to Ghana for a gathering of colleagues from across Africa with a shared vision for people-centred land governance: the International Land Coalition Africa‘s Annual Regional Forum and Assembly. I wrote in my journal that night, “Here I am again, miles above the … More Happiness 3: the Ghana edition
Picking up where I left off in my first list of things that make me happy, here are the next additions: The connecting messages, emails and phone calls I sometimes received from loved ones after writing blog posts. Birdsong – outside my window in the mornings, in the early morning dark when out running, or … More Happiness contd.