I first came across this idea as Project Gratitude through a fellow blogger, Writing Ruth. I had looked for a way to cherish and acknowledge some things in each day that I appreciate. So much of what I feel in a day rushes through me and I am often left overwhelmed. This list is my daily reminder of what those little aspects are, and how each day has worth. I am thankful for what I have and where I am, but it’s easy to be complacent or to feel ‘not good enough.’ By being more focused on the little bits that make up my bigger picture, I hope to share more peace with my day. I will archive my daily reminders and post them at month’s end.
1. a good friend’s birthday — recognizing her value in my life — my daughter’s attitude in tackling new and unfamiliar challenges — mindless television shows.
2. my daughter’s continued determination, confidence, and willingness — managing schedules — being able to make a sit-down meal on short notice — that no one complained about my basic meal — watching my daughter’s band and strings performance after only 2 days of practice.
3. my massage therapists’ advice — knowing that being patience will never cause you to “lose” anything — accepting alternatives for my single-minded focus.
4. my husband driving to the soccer field out of town — remembering to drink enough water — making gym time “me” time.
5. chai lattes — more patience with myself at yoga — being willing to do what is easier to resist — good resources at the Library.
6. knowing this is a shorter week — that planning ahead really does help — different routes in traffic — choosing my food wisely and not eating emotionally as much.
7. making comparisons internally instead of externally — getting lights in the kitchen — feeling stronger at my swim workout — my husband making dinner — having dinner as a family.
8. a day without work — driving against traffic — living close to the pool — being able to help a friend — getting help from a friend.
9. minimizing my to-do list — accepting that nothing is forever — realizing that sometimes people do expect more than they give — that sometimes people are unaware of their effect on others.
10. my son’s bravery and easy-goingness at the dentist — seeing each kids’ ordeals differently — that we only grow as fast as we are willing, not what we expect — that I don’t have the pre-race stresses I usually experience this time of year.