By 'Expression of Gratitude' I don't mean compliments - although they do come in the same category for my brain. I take things as they are, and really have to think about saying 'well done' or 'thank you' or 'nice outfit'. With practice, I am getting better at compliments. I am also improving, I think, at saying thank you. But expression of gratitude, on a deeper level, is uncharted territory for me.
I know that 'counting your blessings' is a good mood-booster (lots of 'o's in those three words). I also know that an expression of gratitude is a valuable thing to receive. When I receive a thank you for something I just do, it is such a delight - and sometimes, as much a blessing for me as it is for the person saying thank you.
Recently, I have been feeling especially thankful. A few things prompted me to write a letter to the people at the heart of things. Although I'd been thinking about this letter frequently, I found it exceptionally hard to write. I'm still not convinced it's the best it could be so I haven't yet sent it - but almost. It is more for me than for them (selfish, I know, but some things need to be done), for me to say, I'm not just here because I haven't found a reason to go, but I'm here because I want to be here.
This is not something I can do too often, but I feel it is an important skill to have in my repertoire.
My dad had a roast beetroot and feta salad for lunch. Once finished, I found the beetroot juice pattern left on the plate to be particularly appealing.