"Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness." - Pearl S. Buck
I used to be one of those people who was always waiting for something big to happen. I was never satisfied with the little joys in my life because they never measured up to that big happiness I was sure would come sooner or later. In fact, most of the time, I didn't even see the little joys. I missed out on a lot. Don't be one of those people. If and/or when your big happiness comes, enjoy it then, but don't let those little joys pass you by.
This week, I'm grateful for:
- Used bookstores. My brother and I made a trip to the local used bookstore (that's over an hour away) and traded a few reads in before doing some shopping... We left with over fifty books and only spent $20. This made my weekend.
- Healthy white chicken chili. I was craving some cornbread this weekend, so I made a big pan but needed something to go with it. I tossed some ingredients in the crockpot and worked up a new recipe for a creamy but healthy white chicken chili. It was so delicious. I might be able to make some room to share it on the blog soon...
- Farmers' market season! Our local farmers' markets opened the first weekend in April, so I will be frequenting them every week and stocking up on spring and summer produce. I love cooking with natural, locally-grown foods when the weather is warmer and can't wait to try out some new recipes I've been thinking up.
- Writing goals. Starting tomorrow, I'll be writing a short story every day for the next one hundred days and I'm pumped. Let's do this!
- A new friend. For the last few days, a bluebird has been perching on a tree branch just outside my window. I've never seen a bird there before and there doesn't appear to be a nest nearby, but he hangs out and looks at my window as if he knows I'm looking back at him. He reminds me of a song I learned in kindergarten, "zip-a-dee-doo-dah" in which there's a line that says, "there's a bluebird on my shoulder..."
What are you grateful for today?