I wanted to share a short You Tube clip I ran across yesterday. It’s from Joshua Becker, of the Becoming Minimalist page. I know he’s pretty popular, to the tune of millions of followers. I think he has some books out, in addition to his social media pages and blog. Looks like he also has an active You Tube channel.
Honestly, I’ve not consumed much of his content, besides following his Facebook page. Some of the content I have peeked at is a little too…. much, or exaggerated, for my taste. I’m not a minimalist, nor do I specifically aspire to be, honestly. The whole “minimalism movement” needs to be in fairly small doses for me to tolerate. It’s kind of just not really my jam. At least not to the extreme.
That being said, we can probably all benefit from simplifying and minimalizing some things in our lives! So, I keep him in my feed, and I glance at his tips now and then. 🙂 He does produce some very thought-provoking, well-done articles.
This video is only around 3 minutes long, so if you’re looking to up your daily dose of gratitude (as you should!), take a look. 🙂
I especially like how he says that in some seasons of life, when everything is going really well, gratitude is EASY!
But he argues that gratitude cannot be simply a response to our circumstances.
It needs to be a “discipline of the heart”, or something that requires constant, consistent practice, every single day.
Then, when life is not easy, as it inevitably will not be, at some point, the true benefits of your gratitude practice will shine through.
On that note, here is a gratitude list for today, from me.
1. The holiday lights!
The house is not fully decked out yet, but as you know, the tree is UP and it brings me great joy.
Also, Asher put his little tree up and lights around his window:
2. That my kids appreciate the holidays/ Christmas music
Hearing the boys sing along to Christmas songs in the car makes me happy. They know all the words, etc. It’s just cute, and I feel like as a result, they will grow into adults that also appreciate the holiday spirit.
3. For our hamster, Summer!
She is just the sweetest thing. She literally just sits, calmly in our hands while we pet her and snuggle her, never bites…. just the most chill hamster. And she’s so tiny!!! She’s our first Chinese Dwarf hamster, meaning she’s even smaller than our previous Winter White Dwarf hamsters.
(Speaking of hamsters, I’m so excited that SHU’s family just got a hamster, too!!!)
4. That Ivan made dinner last night!
He is a perfectly competent cook, he just doesn’t cook too often, because he gets home later most nights. (Like 6 pm at least or after) Last night, I had some returns to run back to a couple stores, so we planned that he would handle making dinner and we’d just eat later.
He made chuletas ahumadas– smoked pork (purchased special from the Mexican grocery store) simmered in the most DELICIOUS salsa (made with green tomatillos, chipotle peppers and jalapenos), pinto beans, potatoes….mmmmm it was absolute perfection. I told him, “You’re hired!” 😉 I’ll never cook again. hahahaha.
5. The snow currently falling outside??
Said cautiously, because, well, the first actual snowfall is always exciting, no matter how long you’ve lived in Wisconsin. But also not a fan, because Ivan has a ~35 minute commute, and I hate when he has to drive in snow…