Remember Yoda’s words to Anakin Skywalker when they met for the first time? “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
(I know what you’re thinking. Not more Star Wars references?!! *face palm* Trust me, it’s easier if you don’t fight it.)
The Dark Side is a great force (especially when they have cookies) but never underestimate the power of Gratitude. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness leads to kindness. Kindness leads to a better world for everyone. Or something like that. The fact is that when you start to practice gratitude daily, you can’t help but feel happier and when you feel happier, you also feel more compassion and kindness towards yourself and others.
Last week I randomly came across the 365 Grateful Project website and loved the idea of documenting a year of daily gratitude in photographs. I remember reading somewhere (or did I see it on Oprah? hhmm…) that if you count your blessings each morning when you get up, you will start your day feeling more happy than if you don’t. It works, too, if you’re awake enough to remember to do it.
I love the idea of the 365 photo project because it encourages you to live more in the moment and to really look for and celebrate the beauty in all the special little things each day. And since what you focus on tends to expand, it makes sense that focusing on all the good in your life is bound to bring more good and joy into it.
It got me to thinking about blogging, and, well, where better to introduce some of that gratitude magic than right here? Since sharing is caring, I figure some of the things I am grateful for may inspire thoughts or ideas or conversations out there, or at the very least, maybe just some pretty pictures and giggles.
So here goes. Just a few things I am grateful for today:
– This video I watched on Olive on Blonde’s blog today about the power of positivity and optimism. 108 years old and still rockin’ it. Inspirational.
– Random sunshine and warmth so close to winter. If it wasn’t a work day I would have been in the park with a gourmet picnic and a good book. As it was, I was still grateful for the sunshine streaming in through the office windows, inspiring daydreams of picnics in the park. It also led to a beautiful twilight pink sky (too subtle to be photographed by a camera phone), that led me to my next gratitude moment…
– Meeting fabulous and passionate people like Em from Olive on Blonde and Ash and Tahnee from Dori.Collective! My head is still buzzing from all the thoughts and ideas that we chatted about at our first meeting tonight. Stay tuned for more details over the coming months!
– Last but not least, these fluffy socks from my gorgeous Mum, because warm Autumn days lead to cold Autumn nights and I like my toes toasty. That’s my feet in them right now, as I’m typing this. Cute, huh? You know you want some. 🙂
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