What are your Small Things this week?
I’ve had a tough one, but sometimes tough times can, rather mind-bogglingly, bring a fuller experience of the joys of day to day life, and that is what has happened to me this week. In days when the darkness is strong – and globally we’ve seen a lot of darkness on our news screens lately – naming the Small Things can bring chinks of light, help us to see the wood for the trees, to see the goodness that prevails despite the evil.
My Small Things this week included…
*Spotting bullfinches by the estuary.
*Drinking two cups of posh hot chocolate in a row without a shred of guilt.
*Reading this post by Shauna Niequist, about allowing yourself to enjoy the gifts life brings.
*Entering a writing competition: it doesn’t matter if I win, but it felt important and hopeful to enter.
*Seeing my Grandparents.
*Spending time with my Church Family Group on our weekend away.
*Celebrating Andrew’s Mum’s birthday.
*Wearing snoods my sister-in-law made me.
*Flowers in the fireplace.
*Looking through a book in a shop with pictures of daschunds that were so much like Jamie – here’s the book, which is by the well known artist, David Hockney.
*Seeing Andrew build an Airfix model: another hopeful act, somehow.
*A beautiful rainbow.
Hope has definitely been the word of the week 🙂
And a P.S. – If you read one thing this week, I recommend you read this post by Ann Voskamp, which is about the pain of time but really about its beauty, and about how we can really live each of our 365 days of 2015.