A while and what seems like a whole different life ago, I read a book by Anne Voskamp called One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are ( http://amzn.to/2ghkWnT). Without spoiling the book--because it's certainly worth the read--the author started to learn grattitude on her homestead through keeping track of all the little gifts around her.
To be mindful of her blessings (particularly when times were hard/frustrating/her children were screaming), she recorded lists of them as she went through the day:
#25: Soap bubbles reflecting minute rainbows.
#97: dandelion fluff on a warm summer breeze.
#132: the sound of forks clinking against bowls, and son on.
At the time I was introduced to this idea, I was currently in a chapter of life that was discouraging, exhausting, and disheartening. It was very easy for me to miss the thousand and one beautiful things around me with the hazy cloud that was over my head, but starting my own list of happy, beautiful, funny, or delightful things really helped me along the way.
I am now more than seven years past that weird time, but I've still kept up with recording the things that I love as I observe them. I think it has made me much more aware of the Father's constant provision in my life. And I think it's a far more worthy use of my mental energy to hunt for the lovely in every day than to fixate on the thousand and one potential frustrations. Both are there, in abundance, but I get to choose which one fills up my inner world. And today, I choose joy!
So here's ten of today's little gifts, in no certain order, and in photo form.
If you feel compelled to compile your own list of little blessings on your blog, let me know! I'd love to see and comment on yours as well. And as always, thanks so much for reading and sharing this crazy journey with us.
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