So I ran across 365grateful the other day. Have you seen it? I think PetitePlanet sent it to me with the suggestion that we take on the project so as to exercise our happiness muscles a bit more effectively...anyway, I do love the idea of not only taking the time to be grateful for something each day, but memorializing it with a picture, so as of Monday I've climbed aboard. I'm curious to see what story my photos will tell over the course of a year, and also whether it will make a difference to my overall mindset- which, if you've known me at all, you know is a little more blackdog than whitedog (yes, i'm adjectivizing these phrases into single words, i think it's going to catch on.). I'm telling you so you can embark on your own photoessay if you want--a good use for those cell phone cameras we're all carrying around now--and also so I can create a little bubble of accountability for myself here. Still trying to figure out where to fit a daily blog post into my life, but I'll post them in groups if need be. (Note to self: try to only be grateful for non-risque things to avoid posting inappropriate pictures on the internets..) These are the first three:
|Monday, May 7 2012|
|Tuesday, May 8 2012|
|Wednesday, May 9 2012|
(Also, bonus gratitude: see that tiny shiny spot between those two trees? That's a "lake" out behind my house. Nevermind that it's more "" than lake, because it's barely deep enough for the ducks to swim on without scraping their toes and entirely lined with concrete-- it is an actual standing body of water and it's near my house and when you live on the sun the presence of any real live water feels like a major miracle. Every time my eye pans across it I feel a little calmer, a tiny bit more able to cope with the searing brightness in my other eye, and 95% of people here don't have this luxury. So, glorified drainage ditch, I am super grateful for you! Thanks for cooling my eyeball every day!)
So. There you have it, yet another new project for me. I'm looking forward to it, but realizing I still have to fight the blackdog on my own ("*this* isn't picture worthy, not taking a picture of *that*, jeez it's 12:30 and I haven't taken a picture yet today harrumph" etc). Anyway. At least I'm throwing whitedog a bone once a day! (...Just not my obeisance bone, I'll need it to get through marathon training!)
Update: Just watched this video and it's making me want to do this. I think it might be imprudent. That is not helping. But I'm seriously scared of those electrocution things! I mean, seriously?! Has anyone lived through this and wants to allay my fear?