I can’t believe that this is my 100th blog post! I’ve been mulling it over the past few days and have been trying to come up with something to do and write about for this momentous occasion.
I thought it had to be something epic.
And since it’s to be posted on Wine Wednesday, then it should be about wine, right?
But I changed my mind.
It’s my blog and there really are no rules!
I finally decided that for my hundredth post I would write a list of 100 things for which I’m grateful. So I did. I spent some time getting a rough list together, but realized the post itself need a lot of work. I wanted to include pictures and links and such so that I wouldn’t lose you. I wanted you to gain something from reading the post as well. But giving it that kind of attention would mean you probably wouldn’t see another post from me for another couple of weeks. Truly.
Still, I don’t regret making my list. In fact, it’s a little trick that I use whenever I’ve had a bad day or I’m feeling down. I’ll attempt to write or type this list of gratitude until I get to 100 or until I’m interrupted. If I’m in the car, I’ll say the list out loud, numbering them as I go. I’ve even listed them in my head when waiting in lines or during a run!
It may sound silly, but focusing on all the wonderful things in your life can get your mind off any negative thoughts off your mind. Even if they are the simplest things – like the cold side of your pillow. 😉 So that’s just a little tip from me to you, for whenever you need some cheering up!
But I’m not posting that list for you today. Instead, I decided to do something I’ve been meaning to do for a few weeks.
You see, a bag and flyer were put at our front door this week for a Food Drive to support single moms and children in the community. I’ve decided to participate.
In fact, I’m donating 32 lbs of food for the 32 lbs I’ve lost in the past year.
This is something I knew that I wanted to do since I lost my first pound over a year ago. Here is my chance. Just looking at that picture above gives me a sense of what I accomplished for myself. However, when I lifted the box to put it on the front porch for pick-up, I thought about how long I had carried that extra weight every day. How did I do it?
In any case, I’m happy that I can contribute to a worthy cause. I’m grateful that I don’t have to go hungry, so it’s time to give back.
Name one thing you are grateful for today.
1. I think that 32 pounds to the food shelf for the 32 pounds you’ve lost is a fantastic donation idea.
2. Gratitude. I’ve been weirdly grateful for a lot of things lately and not that I used to live an ungrateful life, but the amount I’ve been feeling seems weirdly exuberantly excessive. I’ve been especially fixated on the 30+ year old trees that dot Plymouth everywhere. Again, I couldn’t tell you why, but they make my heart bigger.
It’s nice to be appreciate the trees. There are so many neighborhoods that are treeless… and they take so long to grow. So when you have them shading a neighborhood, it just makes you grateful that someone thought of that and had a vision 30 years ago. 😉