50-something* notes later, I can say with certainty that this weekly writing exercise forced me to look for the silver lining even on gloomy days.
I'll be honest, there were some days when it was more difficult to find that silver than others. Just because I post a positive thought each week does not mean life is always wine and roses here. Job stress, deaths in the family, uncertainty about where we'll be moving next year, and angst about living so far away from my closest friends were just a few of the hurdles to jump over the past twelve months.
But having a writing "deadline" nudged me to look for the wine and the roses when I might otherwise have poured a stiff drink, pulled the covers over my head, and moped.
Some days my gratitude was sweeping and universal. On other days I tried to find joy in tiny, every day conveniences.
Here are some of my favorites, big and small:
- Rolling up to a toll both to find that the person ahead - a complete stranger - paid for me! I'm always thankful for any story of people paying it forward.
- Spending a week in southern New England catching up with family and friends.
- Reading good books.
- Gaining ideas and inspiration from readers and fellow bloggers.
- Running through neighbors' sprinklers on hot, humid days.
- Reconnecting with friends I hadn't spoken to in years.
- Proving wrong the old stereotype that the only sappy-happy year of marriage is the first one. (I plan to be sappily-happily married to Hubby 'til I'm old and grey thankyouverymuch.)
*Note: I posted one double-duty "thanks" to cover two weeks.
What are you thankful for today?