I've been having a go at some of the exercises and one that I'm persisting with is 600 minutes of gratitude. That means that for 60 days you have to write for ten minutes about things you are grateful or thankful for. Easy peasy right? No, wrong. Day one was pretty easy- could think of lots of things, day two found me being grateful I did not live in London at the time of the bubonic plague, day three I was grateful that I now only have one elderly cat to care for. As you can see quite a challenge in the early stages, but to my surprise I find myself at now around day 20 being somewhat less superficial. Actually I am using the concept in a far more sensible way. Friday was a particularly challenging day because I had a very painful and honest conversation with a friend which left me feeling very bruised. later in the day as I was thinking about the epsiode I was thankful that I could see the part I played in it and how my actions had given rise to the misunderstanding. I felt that in writing it I could learn from it and I was thankful for that. Also it has pretty much helped let the whole thing go and so I've enjoyed every minute of this lovely weekend.
One of the really fun things I did was a 15km walk called the peninsula challenge. It's a fundraiser for the Otago peninsula trust which seeks to protect the wildlife there. Because the track takes you over 10 private properties you get to see scenery that is otherwise inaccessible. Take a look at these.
the start line is way down the bottom by the trees at the start of the walkway to Allans beach.
we made our way carefully down this hill and were ferried across the estuary in motorboats to get to Victory beach
Here's me at the finish line. One of my friends had arranged a bottle of bubbly at the end along with plastic champagne glasses. Hip hip hooray ,3 cheers to us! What a fun day.
Here's to a fun week.