When my College Paris study abroad program ended, my mom and cousin met up with me in Paris and we traveled around a few other countries for a couple weeks and ended back in Paris. Since I didn’t want to pack around 4 months worth of belongings, my Director and his wife who were staying on for the next semester, kindly volunteered to let me keep my stuff at their apartment for those 2 weeks. At the end of our trip when we met to pick up my luggage, the Director’s wife told my mom how much her husband had appreciated my positive attitude through the whole program. He had been the professor of the French culture class where each week we had discussed some literature about a specific aspect of the culture and were then to go out and experience it and turn in a written assignment about our experiences. Some of these cultural differences were a little difficult for many of the students (I am sure no one can image what I am talking about… after all there are no negative french stereotypes…), which was then reflected in their writing. My professor had been impressed with the positivity that was in all of my assignments and how I had managed to find the good in each situation, even when things didn’t turn out how I had hoped or planned. I think I had always had a natural tendency to see the good, the whole glass is half full perspective, but from the moment I heard these things from my professor’s wife I unconsciously began to think of myself as a positive person, and it became a sort of internal hallmark of who I thought I was.
Recently though I have been wondering if I have been slowly moving away from that, allowing the annoyances and frustrations of life to affect my previously positive perspective. I want to continue to be that person that always sees the good in things, and I firmly believe that there is nothing like gratitude to help you see all that you do have in life. So I wanted to take a moment to focus on the positive aspects of my life right now, and write some little “Thank You Notes” for all the things that I am currently grateful for!
Thank you spring rain for keeping my beautiful green state in the green.
Thank you lilac candle for providing me with my favorite scent because I cannot buy the real flowers from a florist.
Thank you Zyrtec for making it possible for me to sleep at night.
Thank you Vu for finding me the perfect rose gold metallic magnetic band for my Fitbit, so I can sometimes look like I am not wearing my Fitbit.
Thank you overdrive for creating double speed so I can listen to my audio books at chipmunk speed.
Thank you Cafe Rio for finally opening a location near me. Your actual opening date is being eagerly anticipated.
Thank you all my Mormon friends who love pork barbacoa just as much as I do for helping to make this miracle happen.
Thank you taste buds for being the type of bud that loves cilantro.
Thank you Skype, FaceTime, Instagram direct messaging and Snapchat for making Boston feel not so far away right now, because it really is feeling really far away right now.
Thank you new rug for being so plush and soft that I just want to lay on you.
Thank you BMW for giving me a very happy husband.
Thank you Din Tai Fung in Bellevue for making the most amazing fried noodles and steamed pork dumplings ever.
Thank you Adobe for creating a program (Illustrator) that I can be so obsessed with.
Thank you cartographers throughout history because if we are talking about obsessions. MAPS!
Thank you heated seats in my car, because I just love you so much and I waited so long for you.
The end. For now.