Post Election Pick Ups

The aftermath of the election had me reflect on the importance of our relationships with others. At times like this we need each other. Whatever your political sway, I hope we can all agree that the most important thing is to be nice to each other. There is certainly more that unites us than divides us and I wish that it could be remembered more.

The temperature dropped in Hong Kong this week and it felt like Christmas was approaching. The last few days have seen the heat return with 27 degree heat but it still feels like the holidays are near. We’re travelling home for Christmas and we just can’t wait to see the people we love.

I’ve taken comfort in being grateful for the little things this week. Stopping to pay attention to them has turned them into soothing reminders of the great things in life.

1. A hearty bowl of butternut squash soup with homemade crutons, prepared by my best friend, eaten on a lazy Saturday and again on a lazy Sunday. A lovely reminder that winter is upon us. 

2. Harry Potter watched from the sofa
wrapped in a blanket.
Because it’s too early for Christmas films but it’s nearly time. We’d planned to watch one Harry Potter film each weekend and go to the cinema to see Fantastic Beasts and where to find them the weekend before our Christmas trip home, but this quickly turned into watching Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire in the same weekend. Never mind. 

3. A cozy Levi jacket to wear as the weather turns a little colder. I’ve absolutely loved the chance to wear something a little heavier and feel a bit wrapped up. Of course there was one day I left with a jacket and realised instantly it was way too hot. Consequently I lugged a jacket around all day.

 4. A special space carved out of a tiny apartment, reserved to pursue a project. Exciting ambitions are being realised from within this drawer.

5. Some shiny bright inks, for writing in vivid gold. Purchased after a relaxing evening of calligraphy jamming at a peaceful studio in the heart of the city.  

6. Dinner with a new friend. Partly for the gorgeous milkshake but mostly for the giggles during a stressful week. 

7. A spontaneous brunch. Where I ate too much because they have Yorkshire puddings and you don’t see those much this side of the world.

8. Seeing my students become engrossed by a book. Literacy is important but unfortunately not “cool”, refreshing and comforting to see them desperate to keep reading.

How about you? What are you grateful for this week?

You may also like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *