Dawn Landau at Tales from the Motherland has once again started 50 HAPPY THINGS: BLOGGERS FLOOD THE INTERNET WITH GRATITUDE
Here’s how it works: set a timer for 15 minutes; timing this is critical. Once you start the timer, start your list. The goal is to write 50 things that make you happy, or 50 thing that you feel grateful for. The idea is to not think too hard; just write what comes to mind in the time allotted. You may have enough time for more than 50. When the timer’s done, stop writing. Finish whatever sentence you’re on, but don’t add more. If you haven’t written 50 things, that’s ok. If you have more than 50 things great; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! Add the photos, links, instructions, etc after you finish the list––the timer doesn’t matter for getting these details down; it applies to the list only.
To join us for this project: 1) Write your post and publish it 2) Please include a link to Dawn’s post 3) Click on the blue frog below. 4) That will take you to another window, where you can paste the URL to your post. 5) Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List. Please note: the InLinkz (link-up) will expire on January 3, 2017.
What a great way to end the year by reflecting on our gratitude and thinking happy thoughts. I could sure use that right about now. Here are the things that I am happy about and/or grateful for:
- My husband
- My son
- Our home
- public education
- school teachers and educators
- writers of books, blogs, poems, advertising jingles, screenplays, plays and all things of the sort that amuse and entertain me
- My two cats
- my family
- rain on hot summer days
- opposing views and opinions that keep me in check, but not those that go too off the deep end
- the jogging path behind my condo
- mass transportation
- the freedom to speak my mind, form opinions and change them as I want
- unexpected hugs out of the blue
- ice cream
- – with waffle cones
- the Public Library
- phone apps from the public Library such as Overdrive and Hoopla that allow me to download books and music for free
- Social media, such as Facebook, that allows me to stay connected with friends and family across the globe
- Winter break and vacation days that will allow us to travel back to my home state to visit family and friends
- the Blogosphere
- My big sister who took care of me and is there for support (even if she was mean to me as kids)
- spandex – I really needed it this year
- Heat! I could live without airconditioning, but I would never survive without heat
- Moving out of Baltimore where we just did not belong
- Although it wasn’t the greatest childhood, looking back, I appreciate the integrity and intrepidness the brothers and teachers at St. Gabriel’s school taught me and the exposure to multiculturalism I received at school, at church, and while growing up in Queens, NY
- The stream that runs by the jogging path behind my condo. Whenever I began to despair over the election of all I have ever stood against or just the fact that I am jobless, I would walk over and sit on the rocks and contemplate the water as it flowed pass me without a worry
- That the fire in Tennessee did not burn down La Conte Lodge
- discovering IE (Intuitive Eating)
- Vodka and gin
- – And timer is done!
This was harder than I thought this year. Even with 5 extra minutes I couldn’t get to 50. I kept wanting to add my husband again and again because he is related to so many of the things I listed. So he completes this list to round it out to 50.
I think I will have to remember Dawn’s idea to keep a running list for 2017. I just set a reminder on my iPhone to remind myself. Let’s see if that helps my ADDled brain.