The idea behind these posts was taken from the following quotation from Fredrick Buechner:
“There is no event so common place but that God is present within it,
always leaving you room to recognize Him or not to recognize Him.”
They began in Uganda sometime in 2011 when my life centered around the 5 children in my care. Most days were filled with diapers and bottles and medicine and laundry and dishes. Life in Africa can wear you down. A regular trip to the grocery store leads you past rows of houses smaller than a closet. Babies sit naked in the dirt. A crowd of boys, each rejected from his family for one reason or another, sits outside a restaurant hoping someone chooses to share their leftovers. Sometimes it is tempting to lose sight of what is good and pure and right.
I have to admit that my bad eyesight has made me not much of a reader, but friends have told me about Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. From what I gather, it is a challenge to recognize and celebrate the little gifts in daily life: a bird, a piece of pie you forgot was in the back of the freezer, the joy of a handwritten letter, a parking space near the door of the grocery store.
Africa provided me with the perfect setting to practice gratitude. On days when the electricity was out, the babies seemed to poop every 5 minutes, and I gagged at the thought of eating matooke and beans again, I was reminded to be grateful. And would you believe it? It worked!
Knowing that on Sunday I would owe myself 10 things to be grateful for made me conscious through each day of my need to look out for them and record them. And you, my dear readers, were my accountability.
You can catch up on past ::capture gratitude posts here.
Now that I am home in America, though, I have switched over to ::instaGRATITUDE because instagram makes it so much easier to capture each moment.If you’d like to link up, well, you’re out of luck because I don’t know how to do that. Just leave your link in the comment section, though, so others can celebrate your gratitude with you!
(you don’t have to instagram or even take pictures)