“27 things I’m grateful for.” (My monthly gratitude list.)

February 27, 2012
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  1. I get to see my kids in just a couple days!
  2. Thinking.
  3. Sitting in a café—whether one of Aidchild’s in Uganda, or one on a gray London street or on a sunny California porch—working on proposals such the creation of revolutionary clothes-washing machines, the use of boxing as a tool for peace education or empathy development, or strategies for paradigm shifts in education in emerging nations—music in my ears, hope in my heart.
  4. Using sickeningly cheesy (but true) phrases like, “You don’t have to be a star to twinkle!”
  5. Feeling like I’m getting better at boxing.
  6. The unexpected.
  7. TOMATOES!  Love ‘em.  Get to grow them nearly year-round both in Uganda and California.
  8. Giving and receiving compliments.
  9. Trying to define the undefinable.
  10. The perfect temperature for sitting outside whilst wearing a scarf and drinking hot coffee.
  11. The song of laughter, especially when heard from my kids.
  12. Sleeping in.
  13. Opportunities to effect change!  In addition to my travels between Uganda and San Diego this year, the university wants me to go to Chile, and back to Ghana.  Italy and the Netherlands also likely this year.
  14. The present of the present, the gift of today.  The here and now.  Of being.
  15. Catherine’s scratchy little voice.
  16. Learning that sometimes things just don’t work out, are misunderstood, or are otherwise imperfect.
  17. This song (click here).
  18. And this one (here).
  19. Eating with my fingers.
  20. Hearing on the phone, “When are you coming home, Daddy,” and having an answer that elicits excitement.
  21. Hats.
  22. Old friends.
  23. New friends.
  24. Contemplating the sort of greatness that has nothing to do with position, but rather with purpose, meaning and sacrifice.
  25. Flowers.
  26. A smile that beams from the eyes.
  27. My kids’ progress and success.  (Read about their scholarship here.)

One Response to “27 things I’m grateful for.” (My monthly gratitude list.)

  1. Tom Slack
    February 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    The list of all the things I have to be grateful for is endless. As I get older I start out thanking for another morning of life and end up thanking him that I found my way back to where I was the night before. I can’t remember being so absent minded. LOL.

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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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