The other day I stumbled across 1000 Awesome Things. It’s a countdown of (yes, you guessed it) 1000 awesome things… It’s updated daily, and reading through some of the entries, it’s amazing how much of myself I can see in them… I was that shy child that hid and read late into the night… It’s this feeling of having a shared experience, that is the basis of the blog. It celebrates the little things, humanity, gratefulness and hope.
It’s been a tough few weeks and at times I lost all hope, but reading this blog has kicked me into thinking of things that I find awesome…
1. When you see a baby/toddler, and they do that intense stare, like they’re trying to figure you out… Then, all of a sudden, they burst into giggles and a HUGE grin lights up their face. That’s priceless.
2. When you’ve had a bad day, you’re at an all time low, and your pet comes up and cuddles into you.
3. It’s been a really bad day, and you shut down communication with the outside world, but friends still reach out with messages of support – THANK YOU!
4. On a frosty morning, sitting on the patch of carpet that has the Sun shining down on it, while drinking Chai, and watching the birds eat the bread you threw out on the lawn.
5. Dancing in the rain.
6. Curling up on the couch, while it’s raining outside, with a blanket and a good book.
7. Being in the middle of a forest, and the only sounds you hear are the birds and the nearby river. Watching fantails dart around is an added bonus.
8. Going into a toy store, and the younger ones come forward, so you can feel their excitement and wonder.
9. Driving home from work, and an old song you haven’t heard for ages comes on the radio, so you sing along.
10. Standing at the ocean’s edge, being soothed by the lapping waves, and tasting the salt in the sea breeze.
On another note, but still with the idea of thankfulness, today is ANZAC Day. On this day, half a world away in 1915, was the start of the Gallipoli Campaign. At the end of that campaign, Gallipoli was still held by the Turkish defenders, with significant casualties on both sides. Nearly a quarter of the New Zealanders who served at Gallipoli, lost their lives. This campaign is seen as a defining moment in New Zealand and Australian history.
Although I am a pacifist, and strongly oppose war, I am still thankful for those who fought and gave their lives.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
From the Ode of Remembrance.