Speaking of Facebook shenanigans, there’s a positivity meme going around. I’ve seen variations on the number of days, tags, and list items, but apparently the basic idea is to post a daily list of positive things. I got tagged. I don’t play Candy Crush or Farmville, and I may or may not take quizzes, but I sure like reading everyone’s positivity lists. In fact, I rather like the idea of contributing something positive to the Facebook aether, even if it means Facebook is mining my data some more. At least it won’t be data from my posts about what I spilled on my shirt today or how I forgot to rinse the conditioner out of my hair and created a new helmet look that would make Darth Vader envious. J.J. Abrams, email me if you wanna see.
Making a daily gratitude list is something I started a few years back when I began following Schmutzie’s Grace in Small Things. Schmutzie is a soulful creator of life-affirming words and images. If you haven’t checked her out before, go do it. But then come back because I like you too, that’s why.
When I first started my gratitude journal, finding five things to list each day was sometimes a challenge, and I knew just by looking around me that shouldn’t be the case. Sometimes I forget to write for a
day week or so, but I always feel better on the days I write my list. Obviously, a gratitude practice means practice for some of us. So I do.
Here is a random sample from my gratitude journal: watching “The Italian Job” with my daughter, playing Hot Wheels with my grandson, time for binge-writing, chatting with Sylvie, seeing a day moon, a pot of hydrangeas, ginger chicken tacos with Shelly, lavender candles, a beautiful day at the beach, white sheets, Friday, fire-roasted artichokes, playing poker with my daughter, getting a pedicure with my husband, purple toenail polish, sleeping in until 7:30 AM, playing the Castle computer game with my daughter, having coffee with Sheila, date night, eating lunch outside, seeing a woman jog by with pink hair, my kids always winning at Mario Kart when they play with me, and hearing my grandson sing his ABCs.
Do you have a gratitude practice? What is it? Tell me one or more things you’re grateful for today. Let’s get the positivity flowing here too!