A big part of me is thankful to have a theme to post about. Done.
Oh, alright. I'll try to come up with something else, let's see.......
I tried throughout the year to keep up with Thankful Thursday along with one of my favorite lovers of blue and tea and teapots, Rhondi of the blog Rose Colored Glasses, but keeping up requires consistent blogging, and I was less than consistent. I should admit to not actually knowing Rhondi personally, but her photography is lovely and her home is even lovelier, I would love to live there. Her blog is something to be thankful for. (That's number two for those who are counting, namely me!)
I'm also thankful for lessons that I keep needing to learn and those who gently remind me. One person in particular reads this blog, another does not, but I am so grateful to have those people in my life. I'm working toward being thankful for the circumstances that encourage growth, but I am a work in progress on that score. Hey, just the awareness is a step, right? Baby steps.
There is much written and spoken of Gratitude Journals, and I think they are great things, but I was introduced to a variation on that theme: Best, Worst and Ordinary. It is similar to a gratitude journal in that you reflect and keep a daily record of the best, worst and an ordinary thing that occurred during your day. After listing them you apply a "long-term positive meaning" to each. Everyone has their own little angle for this, but the idea is to milk each event for the best possible meaning you can. For example:
- Best: Heard great news from a friend who was struggling with something (of course in my own journal I would be more specific) and has had a significant improvement.
LTPM: Even on a day when I am finding it difficult to come up with a great "best" for myself, I can live and feel vicariously through others "best" news and have it really make my day.
- Worst: Three ceiling leaks in the game room my studio.
LTPM: Here there are different ways to apply LTPM. I can be oh, so thankful that there are only three and that two of them were over the floor, while only one was over furniture. I mean, it could be worse. I could be thankful that there aren't leaks in the ceilings over all the rooms in my home. I can be thankful that I have the resources (well, to be honest, that resource is Pete, but you get my drift) to repair them. I'm grateful that two of the leaks, while close, are not dripping on my sewing machine, any fabrics, fiber, yarns or my spinning wheel. When it comes right down to it I am thankful to have a home with a game room studio that needs repair. So many have so much less.
- Ordinary: Oatmeal for breakfast.
LTPM: I have oatmeal every single day for breakfast. It is a very ordinary breakfast, and while part of the reason I eat it is because it is one of the few things that I can eat, thanks to my food sensitivity issues. Luckily, I love oatmeal. I am really lucky that one of the things I can eat I actually love and it is really easy to eat it mindlessly, swallowing it while barely tasting it and forgetting how much I really do love it. All I have to do to get it is get in my car and drive to the market and then, get this! I like the old-fashioned kind and it cooks in 2 minutes and 33 seconds in my microwave. A MICROWAVE! People! How awesome is a microwave!? AND! I can cook it and eat it in THE SAME BOWL! That means I don't have to wash.a.PAN! That is a heck of a lot of positive out of one ordinary bowl of oatmeal. Seriously.
So, the idea is that over time even the most negative thinker can have a total shift in perspective. Try it for a few weeks, you'll see it happen. There are days when I can barely narrow down a worst only because I LTPM myself into thinking whatever it is that seemed so horrible just isn't that bad after all. I mean, everything can be worse, even blessings. Looking back over time you'll see that the worsts often turn into the bests and the things that you thought were the best often have their own little negative things attached. You just never know at the time they are actually occurring. I really hope you try it and I'd love to hear what effect it has on your outlook.
2010. Seventy-one. NaBloPoMo. 4/4. I'm also grateful that even on days when I am so sure I am too tired and have nothing to say that in the end I manage to come up with something. Sometimes, I start with nary an idea and after a few minutes I get going like an energizer bunny and then find I have to edit it all down to something that doesn't ramble on for days and bore the hell out of everybody. Okay, I'm sure I do that anyway, but y'all are nice enough not to mention it. For that, I am also grateful.