Thursday, January 3, 2013

Thursday's Thoughts: Thanks

Thursday's Thoughts: a taste of what I'm thinking

I finally started reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  The book reveals her life-altering challenge to write a list of 1000 things she loves.  As she writes her list she realizes it is a list of things she is thankful for, blessings in her day to day life.  The practice of writing down these things, these gifts, is a simple concept with profound effects.

 As I mentioned last November, I've been writing down two things each night.  The first is something I learned that day and the second is something I'm thankful for.  Let me tell you, some days are much easier than others.  But practice and repetition are key.  There is always something to be thankful for, it's a choice, an attitude, a frame of mind.  I'm aiming for a stronger focus on gratitude and thought this first Thursday of the year would be the perfect place to share. What would you include on your list?

the soft glow of the snow from reflecting lights
the sparkle of snow in sunlight
knitted wool socks
old aprons
polka dots
food processors
soft, warm blankets
the clean smell of shampoo
hot water
quenching lotion on cracked hands
colored straws in drinks
bubble lights on the Christmas tree
fun dishes
caring friends
thoughtful coworkers
cozy turtlenecks
hooded sweatshirts
fresh fruit in the winter
handwritten recipes
a cheerful whistle
the sound of a family member playing piano
a new, working garbage disposal
patient fixers to install the garbage disposal
an unflickering light bulb in the oven
clean flannel sheets
sleeping in
a patterned pillow case made by a friend

Food for Thought: "Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude." -Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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