Wednesday, January 21, 2009

1 of 365

Schmutzie invited me to participate in 365 Days of Grace in Small Things.

I like that I don't have to do 365 of them in a row.

I like that it's about small things that make me smile, things that I'm grateful for... from a single day or from any time in my life.

I like that anyone can participate.

I'm going to start, to try.

Keeping a list seems like a good way to appreciate life's many blessings.

So, today I found Grace in,

  • Two sets of small hands helping me make cornbread for dinner.
  • The way my little girl squeezed my hand while I read her bedtime stories.
  • Keeping my e-mail in-box relatively empty at work.
  • Hand lotion.
  • Warm cups of tea.


Oh, yeah... and this...

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting that video, it made me smile!!! Yes we can!
~Kacee

Schmutzie said...

Am I just a little thrilled that you're doing this? Oh, yes.

SUEB0B said...

NO NO NO!! NOT GRACE IN SMALL THINGS. Oh no, how did Schmutzie infect you with this virus? I am seriously considering not reading everyone who does it for a year. It is just so...long. And boring to me. And...oh I just can't take it. I love all you guys but this is killing me, it's so awful.

Major Bedhead said...

That video was great.

Until yesterday, I had never watched an entire inauguration. Yesterday? I watched it for something like 12 hours. And I grinned and I cried and I felt so, SO hopeful and happy and proud and that's something I've never felt before when talking about my government, my president. Never.

But now I have this whole part of me, this cynical, snarky side of me going "Hey! Lady! Remember me?" And I seem to have laid that down (well, at least as far as the political stuff goes) and I am having a hard time walking away from it, but I am. It feels so good. Which feels weird. But so, so, so great.

I'm not making much sense here. I think I'm just not used to feeling this light. It's going to take some getting used to, but man, I'm going to enjoy the ride.

just bob said...

I love Michael Franti and Spearhead. I saw them open for Ziggy Marley and the stole the show!

Jer said...

I wrote a column about these small graces. They're around us all the time. We just have to notice.

http://www.examiner.com/x-1906-Chicago-Mental-Health-Examiner~y2009m1d18-Bumper-sticker-2-Grace-happens

mo.stoneskin said...

As I stare at my 4000+ unsorted unfiled emails I can't find grace anywhere!

Paula said...

I have been anxiously anticipating a post from you regarding the inauguration. I logged in each day...nothing. Today -- FINALLY! I had not heard the song or seen the video, but I was smiling the whole way through. I am hopeful, I am proud. Thanks!

WILLIAM said...

I like hand lotion too...for uhm...nevermind.

furiousBall said...

why do they call it "hand" lotion anyway?

Patois said...

I do love the thought of it. I love that we find ourselves looking specifically for those small things each day.

Memaw's memories said...

We should all look for the small things to enjoy.

Might take our minds off the big things that bother us so.

Emily said...

What a small small world this big ol' blogosphere is after all.

I was just over at Schmutzie's flipping through all of the entries.

I really do love this idea.

Magpie said...

Which reminds me, I need a cup of tea.

Janet said...

Small hands are my favourite.

movin' down the road said...

I love this. (all of the post). My guy and I sometimes talk about how although it is hard to be apart, there is so much grace in it, the way we communicate, the way there is no stress over it, the way we still feel. We watched the inauguration together on Skype the other day and to share that with him and then have my girls come home and talk about seeing it at school, well, alot of grace, sighs of relief, are going on around us. And I think we see all the other things in different light (like little hands squeezing ours...mine do the three squeezes "I love you" the entire three block walk to school every morning. I love it.

Annie said...

I think this is a wonderful exercise! I look forward to reading what else you find grace in =)

mommymommyland said...

That is a great song!! and a good cup of tea helps make everyday special.