When I first started blogging, I tended to be a negative person. I was a big picture optimist, but a day to day pessimist. I guess I was a negative person my whole life, since my mom tells me that I would come home from birthday parties with a list of complaints. She made me tell her three good things before I could tell her one bad thing. It must have sort-of helped.
The first months of blogging, I found myself mentally creating blog posts of inspiration, joy, beauty as I went about my day. As I looked for the good in my world, I felt the negativity lift. Choosing thankfulness for the little things ended in me receiving a bit more joy. It brought about transformation, however small, in my life.
I still haven’t shared my thoughts on Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts, although I’ve been reading, re-reading and digesting it for a few months now. I have not gotten into the habit of counting my blessings and writing them down. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t. But I do need to count them in my mind.
Ann has a beautiful post on her blog today about how taking a step toward thankfulness, happiness, beauty, can bring you the joy that you’re seeking.
You really must read it, here. If you don’t, you might always wonder why I plan to buy a second-hand horn and hang it in my house.