10 on 10/10 [Again]

October 10, 2013
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10 10On the 10th day of October last year, I made a list of 10 things that made/make me happy.  Just a few minutes ago, I looked down at the date-box on my computer.  I was reminded that 10/10 has rolled around again and I felt inspired to continue this new tradition.  So, in no particular order, I give you “My Top Ten on 10/10” for 2013.

  1. My little radios.  Whether I’m at home here in Uganda or in San Diego (or most anywhere in between), I stay connected to the BBC and NPR–and therefore connected to a much bigger world than my occasional-isolation might otherwise allow.
  2. The emails and texts I have received from my kids, asking that we be sure to get quality time before I leave Uganda this time.
  3. Quiet.
  4. Noise.
  5. That I have spent my life surrounded by fire extinguishers–and have never [yet] had to use one.
  6. Deciding that I need to make sure I know how to use a fire extinguisher.
  7. Friends who are kind, generous, caring, needy, vulnerable, strong, carefree–and real.
  8. Authenticity.
  9. Flowers.
  10. My kids.

One Response to 10 on 10/10 [Again]

  1. Suzy
    October 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    N, thanks for carrying on a great tradition. 10/10.
    Your thoughts always touch me deeply and make me more thankful for things in my life too. So thankful you have been here in Africa with us for awhile. You are the best! Suzy

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Nathaniel is CEO of AidChild.org. He holds a Master's Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and winner of the 2010 Harvard HDP Marshal Award. He also holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego where he was the Dammeyer Fellow in Global Education Leadership, and a Cordes Fellow at Opportunity Collaboration. Nathaniel is author of "We Are Not Mahogany: Three stories about the male African life." Prior to his move to Uganda in 2000, Nathaniel was Deputy Director of the Office of the Governor of Arizona, and Director of Education at Leadership, Inc.

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