[Five Minute Friday] Grateful

A friend once told me about this little ‘experiment’: Take a couple of beans and put them in your left pocket in the morning. Whenever you experience something to be grateful for throughout the day, put a bean in your right pocket. At the end of the day, empty the right pocket and count your beans. 

Count your blessings and be grateful for all these little things you could experience.

I must admit I have done this maybe twice, but way too often I forget about it. 
Not only to take the beans along, but also the kind of view I have on my day. 
What am I looking at? 
The pile of work in front of me? 
The many appointments in my calendar? 
The people who challenge me every day?
Or do I have time, energy and the right set of eyes to see the many little blessings in between? 
A comfortable bed I can rest in from the day.
The invention of sleep (that’s definitely a good one, God!).
The smell of coffee in the morning.
The sound of birds singing outside my window.
Meeting a friend unexpectedly in the bus and we encourage each other for the day quickly. 
The right song at the right time. 
The immensity of food in the grocery store, and the blessing/curse for me to choose what I want to eat today.
My family and friends around the world, who send their love via email, phone, text, or visit. 
Look around you. What do you see? 
Watch out for the little things, because those are the ones that hide the greatest blessings. 
Let’s count them and practice to be a little bit more grateful today. 
I’m often grateful for the Internet because it gives me a chance to get in touch with so many of you, and I can share with fellow writers on Lisa-Jo Baker‘s Five Minute Friday! 

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer in the Wilderness. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People and Food at the Table Lover. Writer.

One thought on “[Five Minute Friday] Grateful”

  1. Hi there Katha, thank you for posting! I too thank God daily for the birdsong… there's nothing more beautiful. Thanks for the challenge – to look for beauty and God's gifts today. Consider it a challenge accepted! Have a blessed day filled with delights today. x Ruth

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