Despite writing elsewhere about the importance of and how to start a gratitude practice, I’ve neglected my own for two weeks. I have, however, started a family one around the dinner table, making everyone share one thing they were grateful for each night. It evens out, in other words. But, I really like this collection of thankfulness I’ve been building. I like being able to look back over the last year and see all of the things that brought me joy, and so I’m resolved to keep memorializing my gifts. On that note…
This week my happiness came from the click.
You know the click, the moment when the fog clears and you’re not exactly sure if you’ve even done something differently, but all of a sudden the pieces fall into place and… click.
You get it.
hoarding buying yarn at estate sales and thrift stores a couple months ago. I was, at some point, going to learn how to knit from YouTube, because I’d heard that was a thing that could be done. I wanted to make gifts and clothes and all of the wonderful things I saw on Pinterest, I guess, or maybe I just have some latent crafting gene that has finally been activated. Whatever the reason, I’ve been preparing to learn how to knit. When I realized Christmas was quickly approaching, I decided it was time.
I bought a starter kit from Michael’s; it came with two sets of needles and an instructional booklet that I would use to supplement my YouTube education. I sat down on a Saturday night and learned the steps, and then I began to knit.
Or so I thought.
A couple weeks and many, many torn apart attempts later, I realized that I had not, in fact, learned the steps correctly that first night. I had, however, apparently invented an entirely new stitch. (Congratulations are obviously in order for that accomplishment.)
But then one night this week… click.
It all made sense.
And suddenly I’m making progress (albeit not perfection) on a project.
And man, it just feels really, really good to learn something new and to make something with my hands.
I take the time to highlight what made me happy because gratitude is the root of all happiness. I encourage you to develop your own gratitude practice; I wholeheartedly believe it will change your life.