I’m so very thankful for a lot of things.

I read a book a couple of years ago called One Thousand Gifts which became for me, a literal gift in itself.

The simple practise of seeking out something to be thankful for every day, did actually, demonstrate that very rare thing; of a book becoming a bone fide, life-changing tool.

The more I practised an “attitude of gratitude” the more it enabled me to find joy in the midst of pain, hope in the face of uncertainty, and life in the midst of what often felt like a slow death.

I’m not far away from my 1000th item that I’m truly thankful for and just to share with you how very simple it can be for you too, here are some of the things I’ve been grateful for…

1. Warmth of the sun

4. Raw power of song

28. Sound of small aircraft propellers strumming through the sky

small aircraft

66. Smell of freshly cut grass

69. The colour of Spring

139. Burble of motorbike engine

140. Butterfly leading the way along the path

153. Spontaneous laughter of a total stranger

567. Perfectly poached eggs

726. Warmth of a wooden bench

815. Gentle waves lapping up the beach


I could go on of course. And I will; probably until I die.

All I can suggest is why not have a go? What have you got to lose?

Take a mere moment once or twice a day to remember or capture that seemingly insignificant thing that made you smile or even that massive issue that has now finally been resolved.

And anything in between.

Being thankful, in simple terms, simply makes it so much easier to be joyful.

And I don’t know about you but I can always take on more joy!




Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.


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