Growing up, my mom would buy me a page-a-day calendar every year for Christmas. But here’s the thing—I was pretty bad at tearing those puppies off. So bad, in fact, that I have on more than one occasion found myself tearing off a huge chunk at once—even up to 6 months worth. Kind of defeats the purpose, right?
Well, for Christmas 2010 it was a calendar that listed 10 things to be happy about…everyday. It was amazing. I kept it at the office, because last year I definitely needed something to motivate me to go to work everyday.
In all honesty, some days nothing spoke to me at all. But when something gave me a nice smile in the morning, I saved it. At first it was just a little pile, but as time went on I started finding something worth being happy about most days. It was more than happiness, though. Reading the calendar every morning reminded me of all the little things in life to be grateful for. Gratitude has, at times, been a rare emotion for me. Not that I’m not aware I have plenty to be thankful for, but there were long chunks of time where I was so miserable that I couldn’t find the mental fortitude to slog past the big awful things to see what lay on the other side.
So now it’s 2012 and I have an enormous pile of pages saved from last year’s calendar that are chilling on my desk. What do I do? Well, I can’t throw them out—it would go against the spirit in which it was done! (Sidenote: yes, this exactly where the road to hoarding begins.) What’s a girl to do? Why, revisit them, of course!
So, a year ago it was Sunday. Let’s see what we had to be happy about…
I’m going to hazard a guess as to what made me happy and grateful on March 13th, 2011:
kind words—kind of self-explanatory
cool socks—a throwback to high school and college
using a foreign accent for a day—oh, the stories I could tell…
Special mention for positive thinking items on the 12th: a day without excuses, letting go of the struggle, and music that fits your mood Note: Saturdays and Sundays were always on a single page.
So there you have it. Gratitude on a Tuesday. What are you grateful for today? I’m loving the sunny, blue-sky weather, the fact that my allergy pill finally kicked in, and that I have dear friends coming into town on Friday!