Wednesday, August 17, 2011

2 Full Years of Daily 5 Lists

Can you all believe it?  When I sit down in a little while to write tonight's Daily 5 list, it will be the first list of the third year of counting moments of joy.

The daily 5 lists were born out of a particularly bad weekend surrounding my birthday two years back.  It was the sort of weekend that I hope I never have to repeat - one filled with conflict and despair.  Out of it came the desire to count smiles, moments I was thankful for.  In the first days of making those lists, I struggled for every one of those five items.  It took everything I had to find five little reasons to smile in a day, and in those first days and weeks, there was a lot of repetition in the items that appeared on my list at the end of each day. 

These days, it's a lot easier to make the lists most of the time, and I'm thankful for that.  But, more than that, I'm thankful for the ongoing quest to find joy and life that making these lists has birthed in me.    I'm thankful that I spend my days (some of them anyway) looking for things that are new to add to my list, or things that are old, but were particularly sweet in a given day.

It's been 2 years - 730 days - of making lists.  Here's to many, many more lists!


renee altson said...

this is so awaesome, lisa! I am so proud of you. It seems like just yesterday you were starting year 2. This has become a spiritual discipline for you, and i am impressed. congratulations! and much love and many hugs. xo

Lisa said...

thanks Renee! You're right, it absolutely has become a spiritual discipline, and a rather precious one to my heart at that. Who would have guessed two years ago that something I was using as a coping and survival technique would become a precious part of my spiritual life?

love and hugs back!