Gratitude journal
three good things

Jun 15, 2019

Copper wire

I returned home by train from Lourdes, a journey that went without a hitch until Doncaster. I am extremely not grateful to those who stole the copper signalling wire from the track north of Doncaster which necessitated emergency works and a two hour delay.

Our informative train manager told us that nine trains in front of us had also been delayed, and that the theft had an impact across the region. Assuming 400 on 10 trains at least, that’s 4,000 people, plus those on emergency call out and those on adjacent trains who all had their Saturday evening disrupted or even ruined.

Evidently ‘me and you’ hasn’t quite superseded ‘me or you’ as Buckminster Fuller fifty years ago hoped would happen by now.

Having said that, its not difficult to find much to be grateful for today:

• The staff a the Hotel Continental, always cheerful and keen to make their guests’ stay as pleasant as possible

• The driver of my taxi to Gare de Lourdes, who was so full of laughter and joie de vivre I thought he might explode

• Steve, a farmer in our village who had been waiting an hour and a half at York Station for Jo, who arrived shortly after me, and kindly gave me a lift for the 45 minute journey back home.

A Gratitude Journal is just a simple way of
recording and appreciating the good things in life.

Research shows that keeping a gratitude journal leads to
higher levels of alertness, happiness and positive emotions as well as
a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure and better sleep.

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