Day 349 – Day 355 : May 19 – 25, 2013

This is a summary list of the week.

I am thankful for…

1. A series of great training a that I delivered.

2. Inspiring people to change their behaviour so they can be happier.

3. Getting a really great massage on my day off.

4. Friday night beers and pizza with my two favourite people – N & B.

5. Safe journeys in and out of ShenZhen China for work.

6. Sleeping early and feeling good health wise.

7. Drinking hot lemon water instead of milk tea.

8. Coming home to a very happy puppy.

9. Sleeping in while there is a thunderstorm outside.

10. Sleeping in my own bed.



Day 348 – May 18, 2013

Been away from home for a week, I am ready to go home…

I am thankful for…

1. The success of this trip.

2. A great talk at the AIESEC conference in Taipei – a great bunch of students!

3. Being able to positively influence others.

4. Finishing on a high for this trip.

5. Enjoying a very delicious dinner.

6. More night market exploration.

7. Taking a long hot bath at the end of the day.

8. Getting messages from my daughter.

9. Knowing my own limitations.

10. Looking forward to going home.


Day 345 – 347 ~ May 15 – 17, 2013

Three busy days in Taiwan – Taichung, Kaohsiung and Taichung.

Over these last three days I am thankful for…

1. Having such a wonderful family.

2. Fun times doing my work.

3. Great Taiwanese food.

4. Fantastic transportation – High Speed Rail!

5. Happy shopping at the night market.

6. Great chats with Beatrice.

7. Working with students.

8. Finding a great little shop that sells organic soap.

9. Drinking water and keeping myself hydrated.

10. Taking a nice long bath at the end of the day.


Day 344 – May 14, 2013

It’s day two in Taiwan.

I am thankful for…

1. A good night’s sleep.

2. Tea house inspiration.

3. Finally getting a grasp of the presentation I have to make.

4. Bookstores.

5. Books.

6. Family time.

7. Hugs from my little niece.

8. Spicy hot pot.

9. Free massages!

10. Appreciating the now.

Happiness is witnessing someone else being so happy.


Day 343 – May 13, 2013

After a year of wishing and planning, we have achieved our Taiwan Zenlinx trip!

I am thankful for…

1. The hard work that my colleague and friend Beatrice put into making this possible.

2. The fairly decent flight to Taiwan on Hong Kong Airlines.

3. Time for a good breakfast before the flight.

4. Taiwan’s High Speed Rail Service.

5. My brother and his family coming to pick us up from the train station.

6. Seeing Chloe again!

7. A great SIM card service with unlimited data plan!

8. Having dinner with my family.

9. Hot bath!

10. A great start to our Taiwan week.


Day 340-342 ~ May 9-11, 2013

I am thankful for my mother’s love.

I am thankful for my daughter’s love.

I am thankful for my niece’s love.

I am thankful that I am a mother.

I am thankful that I am a daughter.

It’s been a beautiful weekend and I am thankful.

Happy Mother’s Day.


Day 338 + 339 – May 8 & 9, 2013

The tiredness continues…
Even staying up a little later to write my lists and do a doodle is starting to feel too exhausting for me.

What could it be?
Mid year crisis?
Seasonal sensitivity?
Or just overworked?

I am thankful for…

1. Chocolate covered salted caramel macadamia nut clusters.

2. Time out with my puppy – watching her play is more fun than anything else.

3. Laughter in the office.

4. Sorting out a calendar clash.

5. The big November plan is starting to take shape.

6. Falling asleep quickly.

7. Learning how to clip Pepper’s little puppy nails.

8. Enjoying a quiet meal with my two favorite teenagers.

9. The week coming to an end soon.

10. Getting messages from my family in Taiwan.


Day 336 & 337 – May 6 & 7, 2013

Having a heavy Peking style dinner on a Monday evening means a sleepless Monday night.
Thankfully, I made it through my big Tuesday workshop.

I am also grateful for…

1. A happy evening celebrating my friend Triny’s engagement.

2. Brutal honesty and the quality of being human Teflon – some things are not meant to stick.

3. The support work that my colleagues do behind the scenes.

4. A very successful workshop in spite of the politics involved.

5. Revisiting a great little cafe that serves great coffee.

6. Seeing the kids in a great happy mood.

7. Thinking about a holiday.

8. Funny conversations.

9. Great tandas at tango.

10. The beautiful time I have had at the Helena May, dancing tango. Thank you.

The Helena May.
I will miss the chandeliers.


Day 334 + 335 ~ May 4 & 5, 2013

This has been a busy weekend that went by super fast.
I am thankful for…

1. Free ferry tickets to Macau from our dear friend.

2. Enjoyable food at a Portuguese restaurant.

3. A fun day out in Macau, in spite of the hundreds and thousands of tourists.

4. Bradley’s mission accomplished.

5. A great impromptu girls’ night out with the “neighbours”!

6. Dim sum brunch with good friends.

7. Bringing people together.

8. Watching children play.

9. Seeing the Rubber Duck.

10. Coming home after a long day.



Not easy to do…

My biggest challenge is to do this to people I have judged to be unworthy or undeserving of my kindness.

My biggest question is, do I not draw a line somewhere?
Is kindness blind? Is kindness fair?
Would it still be kindness if I made no distinction between those who need it and those who do not really deserve it?

Then one day, I saw this quote…
“To err on the side of kindness is seldom an error.”

Not easy to do, but perhaps true nonetheless.