I’ve had a great week up to this point, but I’ll be honest – I’ve been struggling with inspiration to blog. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t link up with Rosie for her My Sunday Best series… partly, because I didn’t remember to take a picture until I had already changed out of my clothes, and partly because I was not feeling inspired to write about my Sunday musings any more than I did on my Instagram post on Sunday night.
However, although I have struggled to find words for the many thoughts swirling in my head, and while I have been working through this funk I am in, I have still diligently been on the search for little moments for my Gratitude Project.
I already identified two moments earlier this week on Instagram… one dealing with faith-based content (Holy Water), and the other from observing pure joy on Little Miss’ face as she was introduced to the fun of sprinklers in the midst of summer heat. I have noticed, while undertaking this project, that when I am intentional about finding a moment here and there every. day, the moments become more apparent. And, I find I am pausing a little more frequently to relish in the grateful moments. I recently read in Matthew Kelly’s book, Resisting Happiness, that this is not an uncommon experience.
The challenge we face in finding gratitude is taking the moment to get into a habit of recognizing our little moments…
The moments that make us smile…
The moments our plans go smoothly…
The moments where we can step back and say “thank You, God!”
This week, although I have been struggling with blogging and words, and keeping up with other bloggers and their writings, I have still been looking out for those little moments.
And, this week’s Gratitude Project is being thankful for the internet. Just like anything, the internet can be used for good purposes, or for nefarious reasons. I strive to use mine for good, although sometimes, social media sucks me in to using it for far more than useful purposes.
However, without the internet, I wouldn’t have information on hand 24/7, and I wouldn’t be able to quickly look up answers every moment of the day to questions posed to me by small children… specifically, “Mommy, there aren’t blue frogs, are there?” (The answer: yes, there are… they are poisonous, but beautiful!)
I miss the days of Encyclopedia Brittanica lining the bookshelves of homes. And, I am nostalgic for National Geographic and Readers’ Digest being delivered to the mailbox on a monthly (or twice a month) basis.
But, I am grateful for the internet – for all the problems that can come with it, the internet can also be used to connect us with each other, and to information, more often than not.
What about you? For what are you grateful for this week?
Until next week, dear reader…