Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Small and simple things for which I am really grateful, part II.

As motivated by Joseph B. Wirthlin's sound advice
Meditate for a while on the things for which you really are grateful. Look for them. They don’t have to be grand or glorious. Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe, or the sound of a loved one’s voice. Thinking of things we are grateful for is a healing balm. It helps us get outside ourselves. It changes our focus from our pains and our trials to the abundance of this beautiful world we live in.

  • H & P's hospitality (i.e., that I have a place to lay my head and a Volvo to drive, among other things).
  • Mint brownies that come in the mailbox. (Thank you, Kaci.)
  • Acceptance letters that come in the mailbox. (Thank you, Claremont.)
  • Discovering my town possesses a serve yourself frozen yogurt place.
  • Blue skies/sunny days.
  • Strolls with and without strollers.
  • The fall air.
  • Community.
  • Glee.
  • The length of my hair.
  • Cartoons and/or children's books while Henry cuddles on my lap.
  • Holding Jags as she falls asleep.
  • Soup season.
  • Tea season (particularly blueberry and raspberry).
  • Blankets.
  • A visit from my mama. 
  • Persian feasts.
  • Neko Case, Rilo Kiley, Morgan Handley, The Glendale Rabashaw, etc.
  • Occasional skype chats with my favorite Baratta sisters.
  • Getting into a sun warmed car.
  • That 50 degrees feels cold.
  • Mosiah 26:30.
  • Barnes & Noble.

4 comments:

Newt said...

Great idea. Thanks for reminding me... I started one of these last week but never posted it.

LOVE YOU.

And CONGRATULATIONS.

ju said...

what is this acceptance letter!??

Ashley A. said...

Accepted to Claremont!!! Woo-hoo! Are you for sure going?

I love that quote and I love your list. Happy Thanksgiving, Rachel!

kaci + tom said...

yes, please tell us more about claremont!! and happy thanksgiving. that is a wonderful list. <3