In today’s fast-paced world, surrounded by news of Trump and Brexit and celebrities dying, it’s easy to get caught up and forget what’s really important in your own life.
Even if you manage to ignore the cyclic nature of the news as driven by social media, repeating the same fears and worries and bad news over and over, most of us are still racing around to and from work with barely a second thought about the important things which are quickly passing us by.
So, inspired by this post on The Pool (which is always on point) I have decided to spend a week listing three good things I’m grateful for each day – because it’s important to pause, remember, and let these positive thoughts rise to the forefront of our priorities.
You’ve been on the other side of the world for five months and I miss you so much! But that’s also my excuse for not sending you a present – I would have had to remember weeks ago, and I did not because I’m useless. I hope this is a nice replacement.
This is the card I saw and thought of you:
It’s tough to speak properly sometimes between England and New Zealand, especially when the time zone keeps changing and I’m working odd shifts. But it’s always a pleasure and a highlight of my day, even when we are too tired to speak about anything but Shanti. She enjoys being a key topic of conversation.
I did the Colour5k. It was quite tough- it was on an uneven grass field which you went round five times and had a big hill in the middle. I only managed it in around 50 minutes; then again, I barely walked any of it which made me proud of myself.
More importantly, I’ve discovered the positive effects of running for myself as advocated in Alexandra Heminsley’s Running Like A Girl.
Most strangely, I find myself actually looking forward to running now. Some days I obviously put it off ad infinitum, I’m not that amazing (yet!), but other days it feels like something I must do, that getting out in the fresh air and putting one foot in front of the other will help my body feel satisfied and healthy.
Elmbridge is the wealthiest borough in England outside London, and it pays the most income tax in the UK. But it’s incredibly community-minded, and in the past Elmbridge Borough Council has actually been controlled by the Residents’ Group in 2002-05 and has experienced periods of no overall control.
Now, after eight years of Conservative control, the residents are fighting back once more. I heard reports at the count of some bizarre mixed voting going on – for example ballot papers with votes for one Tory, one Green and one Residents’ Association candidate with voters perhaps choosing individuals they respect or just not wanting to put all their eggs in one basket.
At the time of writing, it is 20 days until I take part in a Colour5k for Leatherhead-based children’s charity The Rainbow Trust on Sunday May 22.
I signed up through work in April, with an invitation coming through as I cover that part of Surrey. But the real reason I jumped at the opportunity is I read Alexandra Heminsley’s Running Like A Girl earlier this year and got inspired.