|This may look like any other tree...until you see|
Audrey at the bottom. Puts it in perspective!
The last couple of years have come with extra challenges for many of us, and throughout that time I've found that I tend to default into cataloging the negatives instead of the positives. I have found myself subconsciously listing the imperfections of these years, as if focusing on those will make future years seem brighter in comparison.
But I don't think that's how it really works. I think what happens is that a habit of looking for the bad points forms, and the all of the positives flit by without much notice. I've realized that not only do I have a choice as to how I look at things, but my change of focus will affect how those around me view life as well.
I can't help but feel that this should be elementary. I should have this down by now, you know? But I don't. So in hopes of training myself to refocus, I'm starting a thankfulness project. There really is so much to be thankful for--big and small--and they deserve a larger place in my life and mind than the pitiful things I've found myself dwelling on in the past. Here are 25 things I found joy in this weekend:
- fresh air
- hot showers
- strong coffee
- overcast mornings
- books (duh)
- rustling leaves
- my husband & kiddos
- sense of humor
- bunny rabbits
- extended family (be they related or not!)
- men who cook
- cool night air
I plan on building this list to an unwieldy size...until it topples over and I'm buried in thankfulness. Sounds like a happy problem to have, don't you think?