What a great idea. It's amazing how you can change your own mood by focusing on the things you should be happy about. The last time I ran a project, I'd often start our daily check-in meeting with a quick "what's going well for me outside of work" around the table and I swear it was one of the most useful practices on the project.
So what have I got to be thankful for this year?
- I'm thankful I've just left my last job and that my exit was mutually amicable. The company and I both took a gamble on a new business stream - Agile consulting - but it didn't work out. So, even though I am disappointed, I'm thankful for what I've learnt and thankful that I've got a little redundancy money to help me transition to my next job. It was a worth while gamble.
- I'm grateful to my (now former) colleagues Callum, David, Charles and Ali for opening my eyes to a new way of seeing the word. T
- I'm thankful that my daughters are healthy and well ... if not peaceful and quiet.
- I'm delighted and relieved that my friend Graeme has completed his Comp Sci degree in the last few months (at the grand old age of 36), that he has had his "junior developer" contract renewed for another 6 months, and that he's committed himself to get C# and .Net certification. That takes testicles.
- I'm grateful to my friends in the Agile and Theory of Constraints worlds. Sometimes I hide myself in those virtual worlds ... just for a rest.
- I'm pleased with myself that I've kept up my work on my book. Although I think the outcome is important (i.e. finishing the book), I find the journey a pleasure. When I was growing up my Dad used to typically work a 10 hour day then come home and work on his farm. One night when I was helping him move an electric fence on a frozen night why he bothered with the farm. He said he found it relaxing. Same here.
- I'm grateful to my lovely wife. Just because she is lovely. And tolerant. And for being utterly charming. And because she looked after the kids an awful lot this year while I was traveling to work.
I feel better already :)