As you know, I teach advanced English conversation classes twice a week. I absolutely love these classes because of the friendships that have developed over the years and the side benefit of keeping me submerged in the culture. My “students” are also a non-ending source of material for the blog.
They have been the subjects of many of my non-scientific polls about everything from snacking and their preferred breakfasts to the importance of staying thin and their favorite item of clothing. Our relationship is more than a win-win for me because they correct my French. Fair is fair after all.
All of my students want to perfect their English for traveling. One woman has visited 80 countries. Can you imagine?
Right about now you’re probably wondering why I’m repeating something I’ve already told you numerous times.
This is why: Almost every week I bring in an article to read that expounds on 10 or 20 things you didn’t know about something or other. Then we discuss and tricky words are defined and explained. Last week the article was “10 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast” which made me want to take a nap, but that’s another story.
One of the concepts was “gratitude” leading me to tell everyone about gratitude journals. The notion, formalized in this way, is not at all French everyone concurred. At the same time they loved the idea and several have decided to start one.
I explained that their list of 10 pleasing or even happy moments need not be earth shaking and used as an example the fact that every morning when I open our bedroom shutters I see the roses starting to bloom and this very simple moment sets the tone for my day.
Roses blooming in the garden make me happy.
Almost everyone decided to start a gratitude journal. I think that’s quite exciting. Maybe I will as well.