My pet lizard died, said the young girl, I can't write.
The others nodded and the mood turned dour. Happy Hour for Young Readers & Writers was not at all happy.
Okay, I said, easing my grip on the prescribed assignment. Let's make a Feel Good List!
They picked at their nails, sunk in their seats. They sat resistant until I wrote the one thing that every 10 year-old loves: pie.
From there, the list grew quickly:
the phrase "holy smokes"
lasagna (both for its taste and the funny spelling)
people who listen
Pens raced across journal pages and joy bounced around the table. In just a few minutes, we had 50 things and much happiness.
This morning, as I contemplated Thankful Thursday, I thought of the youngsters and our ability to shift — with appreciation — the mood in the room and in our hearts. Instead of focusing on what we had lost (the lizard, for example) we looked for what we had. Such a simple shift yields profound results.
A moment ago a friend called. Where's Thankful Thursday? she asked. I look for it every week. I glowed with gratitude. Her inquiry kicks off today's Thankful Thursday List of Things That Make Me Feel Good:
A friend who is a fan
greek yogurt with honey and berries
the low angle of light in November
the earrings I bought for $1.50, purchased in a bright, loud mall
the fact that malls exist (and that, because I live in a small, remote place, when I do go to a mall everything seems so bright and shiny and sorta wonderful, for about an hour, before I become overwhelmed and retreat to the serenity of my quiet, small town life)
pens that glide
the song Here Comes the Sun
the letter I received this week, handwritten and sincere
the word peevish
warm, soft sheets
pie - including, but not limited to, peach, apple, pecan
Today is Thankful Thursday, a weekly pause to appreciate people, places and things. What are you thankful for today?
Continue the good vibe. Visit these grateful people: