I very nearly wrote “I read an article” but the truth is “I read a headline”.
I’m not saying I only read headlines, but sometimes, I only read headlines.
Anyway, this headline claimed that being grateful for three things a day can improve your live.
Honestly, I didn’t feel the need to read the article as it clearly stated the purpose and the benefit right there in the headline.
I don’t know if it works or not, or if there is any science behind the idea, because I didn’t read the article, and I didn’t think the practice would hurt anything. I can’t imagine anything bad stemming from being grateful for three things each day.
It just so happens, three of our grandchildren visited this weekend. They arrived on the day I read the headline. So, it was super easy to start my quest to improve my life through feeling grateful for three things every day.
I battled a cluster migraine at work all day and I knew the grand kids would be there when I got home. I couldn’t wait to see them, but the headache was kicking my ass.
Turns out I didn’t need to worry.
The headache eased up a little, and the grand kids were very pleasant and not even a little loud. Mostly. They drew pictures for me so that I could take them to work. They are amazing.
Layla, the 6 year old, drew one and wrote “You make me smill”. You guys, I teared up a little.
These might be the most important and beautiful pieces of art ever created. I might be overstating and I’m sure arguments could be made for many artists through the centuries, but I don’t know. These pictures are amazing.
I asked my grand kids to draw something that would make me smile when I looked at it. Something happy.
Layla immediately came up with “fox”. I thought about it and she was completely right. Who isn’t happy to see a fox? I mean, other than a chicken.
Emma, the oldest, ran with that and she drew a fox for me. Emma is 12 now and an accomplished ice skater. She carries herself with a quiet grace way beyond her years.
James, who is 9, decided that a Pokemon picture was happy. He is also right.
His picture will remind me that I never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever have to watch another Pokemon episode. And that makes me super happy.
James has eyes that look like upside down half moons and they always sparkle. Not even kidding.
Their visit was short, but satisfying. I am grateful for the time we got to spend with them.
Tomorrow will be a new year.
I find new year’s resolutions to be silly because January 1st only holds significance because we made it up.
We’re all just progressing through time. The days and the months and the time are human constructs. It’s like why do we put importance on starting things on specific days? For instance, we always seem to start eating healthy on a Monday. Why not Wednesday? Or Sunday? They’re just days.
But I really digress.
All that being said, I am down with a New Year’s resolution this year. A twitter friend, @BCosatt has this resolution: I only make one resolution every year. And every year it is the same one. I resolve to be the best me I can be.
I am pretty sure that is best resolution ever. If we all resolved to be the best us we can be, how many problems would be solved? I mean, who knows? But I am positive it would make a material difference.
I hope everyone who celebrates has a wonderful near year. Don’t drink and drive. I hope everyone who doesn’t celebrate has an equally wonderful day.
I am grateful for all of you. You make me smill.