#1010thx

October 10, 2015
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Share your own list in the comments below, and online with the hashtag #1010thx.

It’s October 10th (10/10).

For the last several years, I have made a habit of using this date as an excuse to make another gratitude list; a list of 10, of course.

Shared now, should it be of interest. 

  1. The call of birds. At home in Uganda there are so many, many birds who sing to us early in the morning, and accompany us all day long. And at home in Florida, a nearby neighbor has an aviary which hosts a flock of birds who are most chatty, and most lovely.
  2. The way my kids are making sense of their world. I love hearing their thoughts, reading their tweets, and embracing this stage of their human experience.
  3. A fictional mystery that intrigues the brain, tugs ever-so-slightly at the heart, and leaves the observer delighted when it is solved, and yet completely free of the anxiety associated with real-life mysteries.
  4. Plants that bloom in the fall. Outside the window–just above my workspace–a large green bush is just producing intensely orange blossoms. I believe that the Divine likes to party. It seems He’s always decorating for the next soiree. 
  5. The next soiree.
  6. Fresh herbs. They please so many of the senses. Watching them grow. Enjoying their fragrance. The coarseness of parsley, the bristle of sage. Their intense flavor on the tongue.
  7. Pain medication.
  8. The magic of post. Not the electronic kind. The old-fashioned kind. Mail. I mean, think about it. Two days ago, a friend in Denver took two boxes of educational toys to her local post office. In just a few weeks, those very same objects will appear in our post office in Entebbe, Uganda–10,000 miles away–all thanks to human ingenuity and cooperation. Amazing.
  9. Human ingenuity and cooperation.
  10. My kids.

For my earlier lists of 10 on 10/10, click here. And remember to post your own 10/10 list in the comments below, and online with the hashtag #1010thx.

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5 Responses to #1010thx

  1. Leigh Melson
    October 10, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Your #1 especially touches my life.I love to hear the birds sing.Early in the morning when it is warm enough I love to sit on the porch with my coffee and listen to the morning songs and in the evening just at dusk there is a particular bird who sings a glorious melody.I have had some hearing loss since I was young and in recent years had lost the ability to hear the wonderful songs of the birds.Just a few years ago we managed to come up with enough money for me to get hearing aids and one of the things I was so blessed by was the ability to hear the glorious songs of the birds again.

    • October 10, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you for sharing this with me. Reminds me of one of my favorite sayings (attributed to more than one person–not sure of its real origin): “Faith is like a bird that sings while it is still dark.” Blessings to you, Leigh. –N

      • Leigh Melson
        October 11, 2015 at 4:16 pm

        It took me a while to get back to you with a reply to this.A wind storm made our power surge and my computer connection was off from yesterday until about an hour ago.That you so much for sending me one of your favorite sayings.I absolutely love it…it fact…it made me cry it so touched a chord within my spirit.This is going to go in my place of treasured things and also into my prayer notebook.thank you soooo much,Nathaniel.Leigh

  2. October 11, 2015 at 7:05 am

    1. Today, my daughter’s 27th birthday, the age I was when I had her.
    2. Thinking, “I remember being 27. It wasn’t really that long ago.”
    3. Earl Grey tea in the morning.
    4. A clear jar filled with memory stones.
    5. A wedding last night of a dear friend who was like a shaken bottle of soda, ready to explode with happiness.
    6. The wake, later today, of a life well lived.
    7. The quiet of a sleeping household in the morning.
    8. The arrival of fall.
    9. The power of gratitude.
    10. Anticipation for a week ahead.

    • October 11, 2015 at 7:35 am

      You know I believe in number 9–even though I sometimes forget. And I’m with you on number 10, too. Thanks for sharing, friend. –N

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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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