365 Thank Yous

Yesterday evening, I was in a complete "funk." Right after my car was serviced, Greg and I found out my AC/Heater unit has not been working properly because the field mice from my neighbor's garden were feasting on my engine. According to various research, this is common where rodents have so much time on their hands, they tend to explore vehicles that are parked for an extended period of time. This goes to explain last week, when I stayed in to keep myself cozy because of the countless rainy days. Little did I know those little critters were trying to feel at home too. Long story short, I was in a funk because we had to pay for an expense outside of our control and had no idea field mice existed in the city of Los Angeles.

A few hours later, I realized how the news was absorbing my energy and knew it was my own choice to get out of it. At that particular moment, I recalled the heartwarming interview with John Kralik on NPR this past Sunday. He is the author of 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life. The premise of his memoir is finding ways to be grateful in any situation and he takes on this quest of writing a thank you note each day for an entire year to the people that mattered in his life, his sons, colleagues and old friends, his ex-wife, the building superintendent, and the barista at his local Starbucks. When he began his 365 note project in 2008, he felt as if he had just lost about everything and as time passed, he learned that perception is everything. He started to live life afterwards from a position of gratitude.

As we approach the new year and celebrate with one of my favorite type of wines, the bubbly, I would like to give a sincere toast.

I know I've wished everyone this before, but every year I wish it more...have a Happy New Year. May the clouds in your life form only a background for a lovely sunset. All the best to you and your loved ones in 2011. Thank you for simply being you...