For my birthday this past February a very good friend gave me a lovely big jar and a stack of paper tabs. Instructions: At the end of every day write the highlight of that day, drop the paper slip into the jar and, on my birthday next year, read through this diary of 365 things I was thankful for. I love this sort of daily practice…a reminder to give thanks for all the bounty in my life! I soon discovered that many days are full of exceptional moments, both positive and challenging (why did I think I was only going to record the happy, fun stuff?). And then there are days I have to search for just one happening. The practice has evolved into a short written stream of consciousness listing the events that break the baseline of each day. On my birthday in 2014 I’m going to read this haiku of the past 12 months and give thanks to my good friend for his beautiful life-changing gift.