I’m teaching myself every day lately to think about the things that I have reason to be grateful for each day that I live.
There are so many things that we should be happy for every day. General things like our health, our families, our jobs, our bodies, our friends. The list is completely endless really. We could list hundreds of things to be grateful for, from the simple to the extreme.
But what I am enjoying lately is just taking time to think about some of the things that I really enjoy about life for me. So this is a list of just a few of my favourite things that I was thinking about this morning.
I have a HUGE soft spot for the Colonel Harland Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken. It’s one of those fast foods that you can just eat forever, and never seem to get tired of. When I lived in Swansea, there was a stage that Jamie my best mate and I had KFC almost every day for lunch. He used to come over to the house each day to get to work, and KFC was on the way as he came over, so it was kind of logical to enjoy the lovely tastes of the chicken, the gravy maybe some coleslaw if we were feeling like it. Mom has a big fondness of their hot wings too, so it is fairly regular that we enjoy KFC although of late it has gotten massively expensive so is more of a treat than a norm these days.
K Love is a Canadian Christian Broadcasting Radio Station which my sister introduced me to a number of years ago now. Luckily their online streaming option means that I am able to enjoy the programming as well. Positive, Encouraging is their tag line, and to be honest I’d tend to agree with that. They have some remarkable programs that have a tendency to make you smile about life, and enjoy the time you spend tuned in to their radio station.
They are currently running a 30 day challenge, which I’d encourage you to check out, and get involved in. I am enjoying my time as I focus as much time as I can afford to spend the next 30 days listening in to as much K Love as I can. Join me. 🙂
The Wanela Project
Through my work with various 3rd Sector African Community projects, I have formed links with a project run out of Rotherham, and I really enjoy spending time with the people from my home country right here in South Yorkshire.
They are funny, typical Zimbabwean’s, generous, great people. We have a lot of fun talking about things we have in common, discussing the past, planning for the future, and making things happen for us and our community. It is good to have people around me that I can identify with, share with, and communicate with on a level that we each understand and appreciate.
Since my father’s death a number of years ago, my mom and I have been through many ups and downs. Living in the UK has been challenging, interesting, sometimes hard but at other times fun.
To have been able to go through it with possibly my best friend in life has been an amazing blessing. I love my mothers company, and even though we have certain medical issues to face and work through, I wouldn’t change the time I get to spend with her.
I draw a lot of encouragement and personal satisfaction from being able to be there for mom in her time of need, and enjoy the fact that while I am not wealthy or rich, I am richly blessed to have a personal relationship with a very special woman and a strong Christian lady.
I have really come to learn to love spending a bit of time thinking about what I want to write on my blog each time I sit down to share something with the readers of this blog.
For me writing has become a way of expressing myself, sharing my thoughts, but more importantly it has very much become a way for me to reach out to the bigger world out there and interact with some very interesting and great people. I have met some real friends through this blog, and while we may have never met, we have formed strong ties and relationships of friendship and understanding.
I learn much from the people I interact with. I love to share ideas and be challenged on a daily basis, and I’d encourage anyone that reads my blog that wants to chat with me to get in touch.
These are just a few of the things that today I have chosen to give thanks for. Each day this week I have found a number of things to reflect on and learn to appreciate in a more vibrant and real way in my life.
By choosing to think of the positives, I enjoy each day more, find strength to face the challenges of life, and feel a sense of gratefulness at the very fact that today I am alive to enjoy these things, share these thoughts, and give thanks for the simple things that make my life worth living.