Monday, December 23, 2013

Daily 5 Revisited - Day 1

Today's Daily 5:

  1. a very unexpected scholarship cheque in the mail
  2. Glancing up to notice the Christmas cards that I've been received, displayed on a string
  3. pictures of friends that arrive in Christmas cards - my wall of smiles is getting an update!
  4. that it was actually sunny
  5. episodes of M*A*S*H*
  6. the slowly growing ability to recognize shifts and changes in mood and address them with grace
  7. marking things off a to do list
  8. Steve Bell's "Keening for the Dawn" Advent album
  9. 4 lit advent candles
  10. texting and photos from a faraway dear friend
  11. the satisfaction of wrapping carefully purchased or handmade Christmas gifts
  12. my tiny Christmas tree with its bright decorations
  13. ferrero rocher
  14. Pink Lemonade Tea from David's Tea
  15. the process of starting to dream and plan for 2014

Resurrecting the Daily 5

For a long time (more than 3 years) each night I sat down in this space and counted the things in the day that made me smile - the blessings, the things I was thankful for, the ridiculous that incited laughter.  It was a practice that began with a need to find joy in some really hard spaces of life, and lasted as those hard spaces receded into better times.

And now, I find myself struggling again with some of the same things that incited the first practice of counting blessings, and so I'm resurrecting the Daily 5 posts.  Each evening I'll show up in this space and count smiles - at least 5 - from that day.

I'll see you tonight for the first post in this starting all over again practice!