My Eyes Wide Open

2 Jan

Yesterday on Facebook, I came across a post about the 365 Grateful Project.  The woman who started it posted pictures of things she was grateful for to Flickr every day for a year.  As the year went on, she felt happier and more content.  She noticed little things that her busy life had prevented her from seeing.  In effect it slowed time, allowing her to experience wonder.  I like the idea of spending more effort on wonder than on stress and worry and guilt.  But 365 posts?  My lazy self thinks not.  I will, however, keep my eyes wide open to all the perks of my life and make a bigger effort to be thankful that they exist, no matter how small, and post about them occasionally.

I have many, many things to be grateful for.  Some very big things that influence my life in fabulous ways, but today I wanted to start with a small thing.  Something that is no big whoop, really.  But something that makes me smile.  Something that brings a bit of happy to my day when I see it.

Things that Glitter, Sparkle and Shine.

Like sun glinting off snowflakes.  Houses lit for Christmas.  Sparkly jewelry. Shiny appliances.  Fairy dust.  The way a person’s eyes shine when they’re happy.

I’m so grateful for whoever first decided that the combination of glitter and pine cones was a good thing.  I’m ready to box up my Christmas stuff for another year and was looking at these cones this morning as I sipped my coffee.  They made me smile, and I knew I had a gratitude post for today.  Nothing epic, nothing life-changing, but certainly something that makes my life a wee bit happier.

glitter cones

Sometimes even the small things….

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