Monday, January 14, 2013

365 Days of Thanksgiving: Two Weeks In

One goal I made for 2013 was to be less focused on the next and more focused on the now. So, for all of 2013, I decided to capture at least one person or thing I'm thankful for.
Day 3: First Cup of Coffee in the Morning
Here's how I'm doing so far. While I've gotten into the grove of recording what I'm thankful for, I haven't gotten into the habit of getting the photographs into the 2013 365 Days of Thanksgiving Flickr gallery (3 out of 14).
  1. Day 1: A Clean Kitchen
  2. Day 2: The Sounds of a Happy Baby
  3. Day 3: The First Cup of Coffee in the Morning
  4. Day 4: A Quiet, Sunny Corner in the City
  5. Day 5: Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice at the Corner Market
  6. Day 6: Pizza Delivery
  7. Day 7: Car Brakes that Work
  8. Day 8: My MacBook Retina Display Laptop
  9. Day 9: The Pleasure of Firsts
  10. Day 10: Guests from a Party Going Out of Their Way to Walk Me Safely to BART
  11. Day 11: Workday Lunch with My Husband
  12. Day 12: A Toaster Oven with a Timer
  13. Day 13: A Coffee Carafe
  14. Day 14: Experts Freely or Inexpensively Sharing Their Expertise
Some days I have more than one moment that I'm grateful for. Choosing just one is hard. Other days I'm about to go to bed and have to walk back through my day hour by hour to find a moment that stood out, I was too immersed in work or in my thoughts to be in the now.
I've also discovered something that should be obvious: not every moment you're thankful for can be captured in a photograph. For example, the night of January 7th, I was extremely grateful and thankful for car brakes that work, both on my car and the car crossing the intersection in the opposite direction. Why working brakes? Two bicyclists decided to run a red light on Valencia. The first bicyclist easily cleared the intersection, I'd been about a block away and slowed down to ensure he'd make it across safely. Why I needed my brakes was the bicyclist's unlit, clad all in black, daughter pedaling furiously to cross the intersection and keep up with her dad who was almost a half block away.
Many things that I'm thankful for are enabled by modern living, delivery, corner grocery stores, kitchen gadgets. It's easy to discard the thought as trite, but the item or the service grants me more time to spend with my family and it's actually the time that I'm thankful for.
What are you thankful for?
Ciao Bella!
Credits: All layouts designed by and images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life.