July 26, 2012
It's the Small Things
So here's how I am attempting to get myself back on track. I've been reading a book called One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Although I am only about half-way through, I am finding it to be life-changing. The author took a dare from a friend to find one thousand things she's thankful for, and she chronicles her journey to find them in this book. She has been transformed from someone who hated to get up in the morning to someone who finds joy and God in the small stuff, all day, every day.
I am trying to do this in my life, recognize how blessed I am, and recognize each tiny blessing for what it is. If I am successful, I know I will be a better person for it: a better wife, mother, friend and speech-language pathologist. I know it will impact the way I do my job. Already it's making me be more compassionate and acutely aware of the struggles my client's face. Already it's making me appreciate each little body for who they are and how God made them. So here is my challenge to myself. For the rest of the summer, I want to find just FIFTY things I'm grateful for in my life as a speech-language pathologist, and I will list them on this blog. I'll start with 10 in this post, and hopefully add 10 more each week.
Ann says in her book, "I discover that slapping a sloppy brush of thanksgiving in my life leaves me deeply thankful for very few things in my life." I am always thankful for parents who arrive on time, checks that arrive each month as planned, kids who do the homework I assign. I am not going to include those things in my list, for they are painted with the broad stroke of thankfulness. Instead, I am going to look for the small things. Things that will make me recognize deep gratitude for gifts I receive while doing my job.
So here are 10 things that brought me joy this week. Some of them are things that make me feel grateful, and some things evoked my compassion, which is an emotion I am grateful to have.
1. The wonder and discovery in a two-year-old's eyes.
2. The look of surprise and pride on a father's face as he witnesses his toddler daughter imitate his actions on a toy for the very first time.
3. The unexpected effort from a very-busy-little-friend-who-doesn't-like-to-sit-still to take that tongue depressor and make his tongue say the /k/ sound, and his beaming face after a successful attempt.
4. A mom saying, "He couldn't wait to come here! You make talking so much fun."
5. My little three-year-old friend, taking a toy coffee cup and a wooden top and pretending to make cappuccino with it, sound effects and all.
6. The held-back tears of a mom as she watches her little one with Childhood Apraxia of Speech struggle to say a word that seems so easy to you and me.
7. My second-grade friend who informed me that he is a flower collector. Shouldn't we all be???
8. Colored pasta shapes, all jumbled together...a rainbow in a bowl.
9. Sweet baby babble, music to my ears.
10. First words spoken.
Seek joy, my friends. And find it in the small stuff.