Mary Kenny: I'm thankful for the acts of kindness which sometimes come from the most unexpected sources
Wise mentors say we should try to draw up a "gratitude list" regularly. As the year moves towards its end, it seems the right time to compile such a list. Grateful I made it -- so far -- through 2013, which I thought might be an unlucky year, for silly, superstitious reasons. But as we come near to its closure, I remember one of my sister's aphorisms: "Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. And all is well."
All is not well for all people, and some have great crosses. Yet, I'm thankful for the acts of kindness which sometimes come from the most unexpected sources, or from those who themselves have little.
Grateful for some stunning weather this year: a beautiful fall of snow in January; an exquisite show of May blossom in the spring -- cherry trees rich and full, lilac and laburnum in profusion; summer days which sometimes bordered on the tropical, and a Keatsian autumn.