It’s November, and some people are taking the 30-day Gratitude Challenge, that is they are naming one thing they are thankful for every day through the thirty days of the month.
It’s a cool idea and I may try it one of these months (I definitely do not have to wait until next November). The thing about these kinds of events is that it makes you dig below the surface and recognize things you weren’t even consciously aware of about yourself.
An exercise I call “Name 99 Things I Love,” can help you in all kinds of ways, too. You get a sense of what’s important in life, where your priorities lie and what brings you joy. For a writer—of memoir, fiction or straight nonfiction—it can also help you find your personality. Your distinct voice.
I keep this list on the wall by my computer screen. When I need a break from writing, it reminds me of all the things in life I take for granted. So, in a way, it’s a gratitude list, too.
99 Things I Love
- Feeding peanuts to squirrels
- Watching 1930s screwball comedies
- The smell of a bold roast coffee brewing
- Writing my life stories
- Learning how to juggle
- Teaching something new, to anyone
- Going on a day car trip with Bob, with no business involved
- Painting with watercolors [Read more...]