21 Things that Make Me Happy

Austin smilesMarch 21. Twenty-one things that make me happy:

  1. Pics of my kids.
  2. A freshly made bed.
  3. Mugs. Things just taste better—heartier—lovelier in mugs.
  4. Babies.
  5. A perfect shave.
  6. Silver white winters that melt into spring.
  7. Admiring the talents of others, talents which I do not have. Watching an artist create beauty with a brush and some paint simply amazes me.
  8. Hearing strangers say “Please” and “Thank you” to others—and getting the sense that they actually mean it.
  9. The way Rogers answers the question “How are you?” Every time, he says, “I’m-fine-thank-you.”
  10. The box of mail, books, and magazines I received from my parents this week.
  11. Cool, crisp air. Especially when coming in from an open window at night, settling onto my face as the rest of me is covered by a warm blanket.
  12. Warm blankets.
  13. Telephones.
  14. A walk in the park.
  15. The message I received from my son Njuba yesterday. It said, “Thank you for your caring heart.”
  16. All the friends who bought me lunch or just looked after me in the days following Johnston’s passing.
  17. Lunch.
  18. Tongs. I mean, what a great idea!
  19. Kind friends (and friends of friends) who are helping us reach our crowd-funding goal so that Diana can hear!
  20. Feeling happy after feeling sad.
  21. Gratitude.

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4 Responses to 21 Things that Make Me Happy

  1. Lavern Melson
    March 21, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Nathaniel..I know I have said this at least a gazillion times before but I will say it again”I love your gratitude lists”!!!!Freshly made bed….yes..love it.Mugs….most definitely!I never was the lady with the dainty little cups.although I do have some of my mother’s and grandmother’s beautiful teacups and saucers.Babies and their lovely smell and softness and warmth.Snowy winters that turn into most magnificent springs.I do so enjoy the talents of others.I have friends that are fantastic at sewing while I cannot sew anything.I also have friends who take the most amazing photographs,they are totally beautiful.I have always absolutely loved receiving mail,I love little notes from friends and magazines and oh how I love books!The cool crisp air in the morning when I walk out to get the paper and the birds singing their marvelous melodies.Warm blankets…I adore warm blankets.Friends…what a blessing of great joy friends are.My life has been filled with long time friends who have touched my life in ways beyond description.Gratitude…isn’t it a most wonderful feeling but sadly it seems to be a thing lacking nowadays in many peoples lives.Well,thanks again for filling some of my day with such joyful thoughts.You are a blessing…..Lavern

    • March 22, 2015 at 3:16 am

      Thank you so much for this. I am inspired by our shared notions of gratitude within this human experience. Such a true blessing.

  2. Lynne Hartke
    March 22, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Friends and friends of friends making it possible so DIANA CAN HEAR!! Rejoicing and thanking God with you today for the joining of hands and hearts to make this miracle possible.

    • March 22, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you, Lynne. I am celebrating in faith. We are still a long way from our financial goal for Diana’s surgery…but GOD! =)

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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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