Waking up today to a blaze of bright sunshine, the world seemed light years away to the one that I went to bed with last night. I know that I’m lucky – the world can seem bright and fresh and new to me because I’m not living in a war zone or the sight of a disaster. Rather than feeling guilty about my good fortune, though, I should just be grateful. And today I felt especially grateful as I sat in the garden eating my lunch and enjoying the beautiful weather. I also felt grateful as I walked through blossoming woodland as the sun went down. I feel grateful again now as I sit on the sofa with my knitting. To give my gratitude some meaning, I’ve made a donation to the Red Cross appeal for Japan. I may be trying to let go of my guilt, but I still feel I should try to share my good fortune with those who have been less fortunate.

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