Sometimes when I write, the words come easy and fast. In fact, sometimes my fingers can barely keep up with my thoughts, and I type very fast. Those are days where the house is quiet, my thoughts are organized and I can focus solely on my writing. It isn’t often that I have those days but they do happen
Today, I’ve been sitting here for the last hour trying to write a blog on gratitude. Here’s what’s been happening:
- Write a sentence.
- Daughter #1 comes in- wants to make some brownies by herself. I say okay.
- Daughter leaves to make the brownies.
- Reread sentence. Erase it and start over.
- Daughter #2 asks for help getting Play-doh out.
- Clean off the table, and carry approximately 1000 cans of half dried out Play-doh and 5,ooo accessories into the dining room.
- Write a few more sentences, pause for careful consideration of words.
- Daughter #1 comes in looking for olive oil.
- Help daughter find Canola oil for brownies instead.
- Reread paragraph, erase and start over.
- Daughter #2 needs help chiseling old dried out clay from squeezy thing that makes Play-doh look like spaghetti. Spend ten minutes extracting approximately 1 gram of fossilized Play-doh.
- Add a few more words tentatively to first paragraph.
- Help daughter #1 take egg shell out of measuring cup, verify brownie mix has been stirred enough, and scrape the bowl into pan before daughter #1 eats approximately 1 cup of brownie mix while “licking the bowl.”
- Erase paragraph and start in a new direction.
- Encourage daughter #2 not to wear Play-doh spaghetti as a hat…
Truthfully, this is how many of my days go. Sometimes I feel like I live a rather small existence in a small world. It’s filled with wonder and love and gratitude but sometimes the idea of doing anything greater with my day can seem a bit overwhelming. This year I have been lucky enough to spend a small amount of my time involved with groups who have showed me that it doesn’t take much, just a little effort, to really change the world. In particular, I am grateful for Epic Change and the work of Stacey Monk and her crew, who have given me the awesome gift of being able to change the lives of others with some very small acts. This blog post today is one way. Daughter #1, along with her church choir, have raised money to help build a secondary school in Tanzania so children there can experience something we often take for granted. I’ve been able to teach my daughters how to think of others, to see that seemingly tiny acts can have a huge impact, that children in other parts of the world are more like them than different and that giving of yourself can be a heck of a lot of fun.
This year as part of their efforts, Epic Change has launched http://www.EpicThanks.org where you can upload a photo of what you are grateful for and make a donation out of gratitude for all that you have. It is a quick and easy way to be thankful for all that you have and change lives in the process. That’s a pretty sweet deal.
So, if you find that your days are like mine- full, and hectic and wonderful all at the same time, take a few minutes and visit EpicThanks.org and EpicChangeBlog.org to post what you are grateful for and read all about how Epic Change changes lives every day. Consider making a small donation- it’s amazing what a great miracle can come out of a tiny act of gratitude.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you – I know I don’t say it enough, but I am grateful for all of you.