Friday, April 2, 2010

A Year of Living Positively

In February 2008 Peculiar Momma came to life. It was (and is) a simple place; a place to reflect, grouse and document. Mostly it’s a personal journal that happens to be open to the public. In other words I write for myself. If someone else reads these musings all the better. If not so be it.

Lately this blog has had less actual writing and more listing; lists of things for which I am grateful. These lists are cathartic. They bring about a sense of peace and make me truly happy. I find myself reviewing these lists periodically and, honestly, they warm the cockles of my soul.

Practicing gratefulness is not a novel idea. Buddhists, happiness experts and numerous others have preached this behavior for ages. You know the old adage “smile to make yourself happy”. Previously I thought this idea was oopey, goopy bologna put out by people that were either a) stoned or b) truly miserable and faking it.

And then I began to practice gratefulness. My life hasn’t changed but it has changed my life. My children still fuss and yell (you should have been here the other night - oi vay!). Money is still tight. I continue to work nights and weekends and holidays. My house is a mess. And yet ... yet. I am more content. I am incredibly grateful for the things I do have and do not lament the things I don’t.

Now this doesn’t mean I live without hopes and dreams. In fact I’m working on a Mondo Beyondo list as we speak (yes - another list). The Mondo Beyondo is a list of hopes and dreams that, in the words of Andrea Scher from Superhero designs, are " JUICY and unlikely to happen that you are even afraid to write them down."

Two-years-ago I wouldn’t have considered writing such a list. Again - oopey goopy. But, seriously, why not? And really it goes with my theme for the year - Imagine.

And what is point of all this? Simply to tell you that today - April 2nd, Good Friday, I begin my Year of Living Positively. With each and every post I will include a gratefulness list and a list of hopes (not Mondo Beyondo hopes - those are separate- but a small list of austere dreams and desires). I can't wait to see what unfolds!

And now, without further adieu --

Things I am grateful for today:
  • Gorgeous fluffy white snowflakes.
  • Babysitting exchanges.
  • Solitude.
  • A HUGE stack of books waiting to be read.
  • The promise of Easter brunch with friends and family.
  • My calendar with last year's photo that is oh so appropriate for today.
  • Bright and cheery table settings (something old, something new, something thrifted, something blue).

Things I am hoping for today:
  • I sincerely hope my husband can find peace and contentment at work (he's still living on the ooey gooey side of gratefulness).
  • I hope my girls behave tonight as I may have to take them to work with me.
  • I hope to finish a small piece of this blanket I'm knitting.
  • I hope the roads don't ice over.
  • I hope the Easter wheat grass I planted continues to grow.
  • I hope those less fortunate are able to find shelter from this storm.

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