The Small Things

Bulging Buttons inspired my post todayThe Small Things.

I have had a very stressful month and recently reminded myself that it is by feeling gratitude that I will find my way back to peace, balance and contentedness.

Gratitude is defined as “the state of being grateful; thankfulness” – it is not an easy state to be in in a society that is bent on criticism, self-loathing and medicating itself to have some kind of feeling.  But, it is possible.

Some great quotes about Gratitude:

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I am using these quotes as inspiration to think about the things that I am thankful for.  Here is my completely random list of 5 small things, off the top of my head, in no particular order, and I’m sure it will change day-to-day.  However, today, these are the small things I am thankful for:

  1. The time to read a really, really great book.  My time is so precious – I feel like each day it is accounted for in so many ways that do not involve time for me.  This is why I blog at night, when my head is bobbing with sleepiness.  When I have 15, 20, 30  minutes to spend with a (great) book I am so grateful!
  2. My mother’s daily “check-in” – I speak to or text with my mom every day and I am so grateful for a mother that nurtures, loves and is my friend.
  3. Aveda’s “Be Curly” line of products – finally, a line of hair products made for my hair! Frizz is tamed. Curls are defined without being crunchy.  I’ve got that great SJP in Sex & the City hair that I love!
  4. Seriously can I write a post like this and not include the sound of my son’s laughter or his gorgeous poofy eyes and rosy cheeks and bed-head hair when he stumbles into our room every morning for a cuddle before getting up?
  5. I am grateful for the vintage bottle of wine brought over by a dear friend.  It lies there waiting for when I can savour it with my husband when we are deliriously happy and sleep deprived because of a new baby.

What small things are you grateful for?  Comment below or at Bulging Buttons or on your own blog and link back!

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6 thoughts on “The Small Things

  1. Duuuuuuuuuuuuude. I am on a total gratefulness trip here as I’m taking on a meditation challenge. And in truth sometimes it becomes ridiculously hard to find something grateful for when you’re in the midst of a crazy break-down. But after a couple breaths and Zen moments you totally find little things that make think Oh! Thank you for that otherwise I would have jumped off a cliff. Chocolate is always a big one for me…but considering that I have crazy curls and that they have a mind of their own in the A.M. those Aveda products seem to be something I need to add to my list.

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    • Breakdowns – not fun. But there is always a light if you want to find it. I hope you have a good support system. As for the average products I use be curly style prep and curl enhancer. Pricey – but they last me a year! A little goes a long way, and I’ve got long hair. And, I agree when all else fails, chocolate will always help.

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