Lately I have felt weighed down by the layers and layers of small problems that have descended on me en mass and I have found myself often saying "I am grateful for..." and filling in the blanks.
It happened again this morning. As I returned from a visit to the tyre shop (never a promising start to a day) and a rushed 'hand in the assignment on time' dash to school, all the while feeling a little under the weather due to my antiobiotic cocktail to deal with 'the Book Week Toe Trauma', the delivery man waved as our cars passed on the hill. I am a regular stop on his route as he drops off review books.
I found myself thinking: I am grateful for people in my neighbourhood who smile and wave. I am grateful for the wonderful review books delivered to my door. I am grateful for stories that take me to another place. I am grateful for my writing friends.
Just as layers of problems can weigh me down, I have found these layers of "I am grateful for' lift my soul much higher. And I am grateful that Anita Heiss showed me how it was done.