108) Safe travels
109) Seeing friends I hadn’t seen in a very long time
110) The chance to debrief a very stressful year and a half with a wise counselor, whose words of wisdom and truth resonated with me in such a deep way that they felt like a breath of fresh air.
111) After those conversations the ensuing sense of freedom I had and the ability I had to let go of some responsibility that was never really mine in the first place
112) For the chance to go swimming with my friends kids. It is so fun to hear them yell “Aunt Karen, Watch me” as we splash around in the cool roof top pool of our hotel.
113) To have a pool side seat as my friends play watermelon waterpolo
114) finding sand dollars on the beach, or discovering that there is still a snail living in the shell that I put in my pocket the night before
115) the free hotel breakfast that every morning included fresh pineapple, mango, papaya and dragon fruit
116) Fresh fruit slushies
117) Reading biographies of those who have gone before… their stories live on today as a strong mentor in my life
118) My friend taking the time to write up a good suggested reading list for the next year
119) A break from running to government offices and doing business stuff
120) Not being one of the many people at our hotel who got salmonella poisoning from eating the buffet lunch one day
121) My friend's willingness to drive a car in Thailand, even though it is the other side of the street, so that we could enjoy a cheaper vacation
122) The cheap price of an hour long foot massage
123) I was very thankful when the lady behind us on the train finally got off. She had been suffering with motion sickness ( and being sick in a bag) for the first 6 hours of our 13 hour ride across the country.
124) Auntie Ann’s cinnamon sugar pretzels
125) Time spent celebrating with friends
126) Steroid shots in my shoulder that decreases pain and helps me sleep better
127) For an overall good check up at the doctors and the amazing hospital facilities here
128) Fresh smelling laundry that was dried in a dryer and the use of fabric softener
129) That even though we carried back an extra bag for my roommate, we were never charged for having over weight language
130) For friends who put up with me for weeks of travel, even when I am cranky and tired and still calls me a friend at the end of it
131) the time and planning that many people put in to organizing a retreat
132) Wisdom shared with me by people who have lived cross culturally in this part of the world for many years
133) To have survived a night in their airport and more than 24 hours on route home
134) I am very thankful to be home in my own bed after staying in a total of seven different hotels (not counting the airport bench).