Saturday Gratitude #9


For today’s Saturday Gratitude post, I want to focus on small things, even tiny things, that made a big difference this week.

I notice how, often, when I’m convinced something is lacking in my life, I get fixated on the idea that I need a big change in order to feel better. But most of the time, it’s not a big change I need but a small shift in perspective, energy, or mood. Or maybe just a tiny reminder that I’m doing okay, I’m on a good path.

So here are three tiny things that helped in a big way this week:

1) The hand-written, snail-mailed thank you card from a friend that arrived at the perfect moment.

2) My cat jumping up on the couch and touching my forearm with his paw while I was having a moment of solitude. The coolness of his paw pads as he purred next to me. Somehow, cats never take away from solitude, only add to it.

3) That one line in my novel draft that I know I got right, and the laugh of recognition in my friend’s voice as I read it to her over the phone.

What tiny things helped you in a big way this week? What do you notice when you look back over your week that you really appreciated? I’d love to hear, in the comments.

4 thoughts on “Saturday Gratitude #9

  1. Sweet – I love the photo of the paws:-) There really is nothing better than snail mail is there, and I too love the satisfaction of knowing you’ve got that line just right, and having that affirmed by another. Thanks for sharing Jill:-) I’m grateful for…weather forecasts, so I know if I can hang out my washing, friends who can help me see my blind spots and to all those who have nourished and supported my meditation practice, which is such a rock and inspiration to me at the moment. Blessings on your week my friend:-) Hugs, Harula xxx


    • Thanks so much for sharing, Harula! Such good stuff. I love “friends who can help you see your blind spots.” So great to have those people in our lives. I’m happy for you about your meditation practice, too. Glad it’s creating such a wonderful foundation for you right now. Hugs to you too! 🙂


  2. This post was synchronicity for me: this week I became aware and shocked that I have been resistant/discounting of expressing gratitude for what I have labeled as the “little” things because of fear. Why? First, actually they are not so little, small maybe but important and I see how I’ve been influenced by an “all or nothing” world and that “the “little things require little effort” … OMG … that’s “nuts” and well I don’t buy it anymore. Thank you for the post, Lee


    • Hi Lee! What a great thing to notice — all-or-nothing thinking is so pervasive it’s really habitual (automatic, actually) to go there. And that’s part of why I’ve been doing these gratitude posts — because of my own tendency to discount the seemingly “small” things that aren’t really! Thank you so much for reading and for sharing! 🙂


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