October has begun. At the end of last year the challenge was set by the Sunday Assembly Newcastle to post something for which you are grateful. Every day. Nine months later and I have missed a total of nine days. The group description reads:
Sunday Assembly Newcastle is all about finding ways to #livebetter, so our 2016 challenge to you is to photograph something every day that makes you feel grateful and share it to this group.
Every day. Every day. The group currently has 129 members some of whom joined recently. Sharing every day? Well, no. Not every day. Some days there will be three posts. Including mine. Some days a couple more. Sometimes there will be just two posts. And on a couple of days I have been the only person to follow the challenge. Even the person who set the challenge only posts sometimes.
But this is me. It says every day. And I want to post every day. It's good for me. On the days that feel rubbish I can find something. And on the days that feel good I can find some amazingly, wonderfully, spectularly, beautifully positive things to be grateful for.
Cases in point. The six days below. After a couple of weeks of real struggles it was very good to have days like these.
Grateful to be able to hear great talks at an autism event before leaving for Manchester. I hope people listened and will act.
Grateful that the coach driver let me sit in the quiet seats behind him when I was struggling and getting melty while waiting.
Grateful that a side effect of being so delayed was that we detoured across the Saddleworth road which is gorgeous.
And very grateful to be back here in Salford with Amanda.
Grateful for a great day out with Amanda.
We enjoyed Glossop and my lunch was massive. I will go back and find walking routes.
And then we rowed across and around a reservoir.
They just gave us a boat and pushed us away from the jetty without checking to see whether we had ever rowed before.
In the evening we were at the theatre and managed to get two tickets for five pounds - a student and a carer.
Grateful for a good morning with Amanda before she went to work.
Grateful for some car boot sale and charity shop bargains.
Grateful to have decided to explore a sign I have passed on the bus here quite a few times: Schoenstatt Shrine.
Loved it. I will go back one day just to sit in the peace of the shrine and the community garden.
Sorry. (A lie!). There are far too many pictures. [There were many more posted in the gratitude group.] And they're all of a Catholic place where they do God quite a lot. But I really was very pleased to have explored.
Grateful for a lovely day out with Amanda. We played crazy golf, went on everything in the playground, and ate too much ice cream. Happy times.
I only took one photo all day. Here it is. You get quality graffiti in the toilets of amusement arcades in Southport. Or at least in one cubicle.
Grateful for time spent with Amanda.
Grateful for getting some ideas at an autism event in Manchester in the evening.
Grateful for a pretty walk in the day that ended with buying Amanda a unicorn.
Grateful for the days away.
Grateful to be home and to have life here to look forward to.
Grateful to have been greeted by family and my trusted warthog friend.
Also grateful that Blob Thing managed to post on his blog today.