Korea is driving me crazy at the moment and I am losing perspective. Small inane things are gnawing at me; students smiles have turned into vampirious snarls, frequent subway ajumma bumps result in retaliative shoves, Hanguel is corroding my brain and sense of auditory aesthetics. Collectively it is whittling away at the sense of positivity I have built over the past year. A call to inspiration led me to a Ted talk on 1000 Awesome things, and consequently a Gratitude list which I intend to update everyday.
#1. Thank you to friends from home who send amazing thoughtful gifts that I wouldn't otherwise receive. I am deeply moved by their intention, thought and love. Bless you friends.
#2. Thank you for pieces of home here in Korea that help keep the connections alive.
#3. Thank you for writing groups of like minded people in a foreign country to keep the inspiration and poetry flowing.
#4. Thank you to new friends who have come into my life and shown me new things, new ways - without living in Korea these international connections would not have been forged.
#5. Thank casino great britain you to solid and safe public transportation systems.
#6. Thank you for my new favourite band to be touring in Korea.
#7. Thank you for the openness and confidence I see growing in writing groups.
#8. Thank you for books - you grant intimacy and shared experienced I had long forgotten about.
#9. Thank you early morning Spring hikes with singing birds, blue skies and passers-by who say "Good morning"
#10. Skype conversations with good friends, reminding you that connections exist through time and distance.