I used to blog as a means of introspection: to learn about myself. It was also interesting, in retrospect, to remember what I used to think, and how I used to think. The entries showed how these things changed over time.
This time it will be used to change how I think. So in this time of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, this will be gratitude journal, starting with this first post:
I am grateful for my lovely family, and all the happiness they bring to my life.
I am grateful for coffee, especially on cold, rainy, early mornings.
003 Hot showers
I am grateful for hot showers. They are possibly the best thing ever.
I am grateful for my family's health, and by extension the services that make that possible at the moment.
I am grateful to be a parent, it is a totally unique relationship.
006 Clean air
I am grateful to breathe clean air.
I am so so grateful that we live in a relatively safe part of the world, where I wouldn't fear my kids walking to school some day.
I am grateful to have a home. It's warm and filled with books.
I hate being idle. So, especially at a time like this, I'm grateful to have work.
010 Food and water
I am grateful that we never go hungry or thirsty.
I am grateful to have freedom of movement, speech and thought.
Our eldest is starting to sleep through the night, and the youngest falls asleep fairly easily now. In short, I am grateful to be getting more sleep nowadays.
So I'm grateful to have friends, but I thought it would be worthwhile giving them one post each. This one is to Bjorn, thanks for being my best friend, you've made my life better.
I'm grateful to have Nish as a friend. He's the kind of guy that loves a laugh, is always up for a hit of golf or a bike ride. Father of one. Great to argue with about stupid topics.
I'm grateful to have Tom as a friend. He's great to swap advice home projects and have a game of tennis or squash. Always looking for a better job. Also a father of two, so there's plenty to catch-up about.
Sam, for keeping me sane through the years spent at the start-up, and always being keen for coffee and a chat.
Laurisa, for supporting me at work, and for crazy afternoon conspiracy theories.
Wotan, for getting me into the gym originally and being a genuinely nice guy. Great conversation about finance, the economy and sushi.
Well, there goes the "daily post" part of this challenge.
I've spent most of the past few weeks working on the latest article, check it out. I'm grateful for my education, which has allowed me to pick this sort of thing up as a hobby.
Ash, for being a great friend! I must have known him for 10 years or so now. He's a great developer and very productive -- he even helped get this website off the ground.
Laura, for being tough as bricks and a big softy all at the same time. Chronic addiction to all things Harry Potter.
Steve, for being the best dungeon master ever. Cool guy, very technical with a wicked sense of humor.