a thousand and one days


It's three years since I started writing a list of five happy things every day, a sort of gratitude journal, a sort of diary, a sort of storytelling. It's become the thing I do every day, the thing I refer to if I'm unsure when something happened, the thing I laugh about to myself at how many times tea-drinking is mentioned, the thing that centres me and lets me know I'm alive. Today I've reached 1001 lists, all of them telling their own story and all of them part of the whole.

I also bought some white hyacinths and potted them up with hazel twigs, ivy leaves and moss. I also had dinner with my son and watched the jackdaws flying over to their roost and started to read my new Tessa Newcomb book. It was a good day.

You can read about how I started my Five Things lists here. If you like, you can have a look at them all here.

15 comments:

silverpebble said...

I love this idea. Funnily enough, I've started to do it mentally, but I'm determined to write the little lists down. I'm off to look at yours.

Happy New Year, Sue

Sue said...

I too have been thinking of doing something like this ever since I bought a little book called 14000 Things to be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer which is a long list of random happy-making things. I particularly like that you have chosen to focus on things which make you happy rather than things to be grateful for which can feel a bit worthy.

And you are so right about jackdaws chacking.

Vintage Tea Time said...

Funnily enough I've just started to do this this week (noting a few things that make me happy each day) - prompted by this blog - http://www.jenlittlebirdie.blogspot.co.uk/p/52-weeks-of-happy.html. Lovely idea. Amazing that you've done it for so long! x

Frances said...

Sue, I guess I will join the queue of comments that agree that your daily record of a happy quintet seems a good idea.

I have a little notebook (well, as you might expect, I have more than one little notebook) to dedicate to this, and will begin tonight.

My paperwhite narcissus bulb have begun to bloom, and perhaps I might find some hyacinths to join that party tomorrow.

xo

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caireen said...

Hello Sue - Happy 2013 to you. The lists are a lovely idea, like found poems.. I was given a wee book last year which is ideal for this, and have started, but must find the determination to continue.. wonderful way of taking snapshots of gratitude. Caireen xxx

rossichka said...

Hello, Sue! I Liked your idea when you wrote about it a year or two ago. I bought a very beautiful notebook and began to write down the moments that made me smile or feel happy, but, to be honest, I couldn't get used to do it every day, for which I'm sorry now. I stopped and began again several times... It's a kind of a diary, different from our blog posts "Life Diaries" and I'm sure it's worth doing it! I'll try to be more persistent this year - in order to remember all those exciting moments and events that make me feel light and singing inside...
I think to plant a tulip in a pot and we'll see what will happen!
Thank you for this inspiring post!!:)))

acornmoon said...

I hope you have many more reasons to be cheerfull x

Sue said...

I love your lists they must be such wonderful memory joggers. I might just have to make some of my own!

Gilly said...

Maybe I should try this - especially as I take note of your comment as to happy not worthy!

And those hyacinths are going to be gorgeous! The amarillis is growing apace!

ljw said...

I love those lists. I'm going to try and incorporate them into my week of mindfulness which I have planned for next week when I some annual leave.....I'm in training for more longterm mindfulness. And, like one of your other corespondents, it's given me an idea for the little notebook I was goven for Christmas.

I'm glad you are back blogging. I did spend some time at the back end of last year enjoying your some of your past posts.

Thomasina Tittlemouse said...

Your lists are wonderful. And the fascinating thing is the way they make a composite list of their own and that list is more than the sum of all the individual lists if you see what I mean! I've noticed a happy trend in blog land to find ways of recording the good in life and for me it's one of the underlying reasons for blogging at all. I do like the way the absence of pictures plays a subtle but significant role in the way your lists "speak" so beautifully. Haven't quite worked out in my head why this should be but somehow they are all the more eloquent for being words only. Love your hyacinths and hazel twigs and wishing you a 2013 full of blessings and serenity. E x

Pam said...

Such a lovely thing to do - and well worth copying! Though mine would also have lots of tea cup moments...
P x

christine said...

Thank you for sharing your lists ... they've made me smile. I'm so glad you're writing here again...

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