|One of the last roses in our garden from a few days ago.|
The world will be saved by beauty.
--from The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky
When I first started this blog, at the top of every post every single day, I would include a link to the music that was my current favorite, and then I would write a small paragraph of that day's bliss. (You can see an example here.)
Every day on every post. This was when I was writing seven days a week.
The point of this part of the blog was to show how, no matter what else is going on, there are always bright spots. Little things that we can be thankful for. Always.
(Side Rant: what a disturbing thing over this past Thanksgiving week to see a backlash against...of all things...GRATITUDE. Too many posts on Facebook were people complaining and saying they didn't feel like feeling grateful. Don't feel like feeling grateful!? This blew my mind. Perhaps they could start by being grateful for having computer access which implies a certain level of wealth...)
I am not sure why I stopped writing that particular part of my blog. It had more to do with design and structure, though, than any sort of existential crisis.
And recently, I have found myself using Facebook to do a similar thing. Anywhere from one to three times a day, I write little "Good Things" lists.
It can seem all Pollyanna, but it is a mindfulness practice and it is one that is speaking to people. Besides the comments I get on my status updates, I have been getting pretty regular emails about my "Good Things" and how much they affect the quality of people's days.
What got me to really thinking about the power of all of this was an email I got the other day via Facebook. I've surely gotten a lot of these, but for some reason, this one made me think.
It was a brief "love note." Just a friend writing to say, basically, "I see you; I care about you" or some such version of that message.
Suddenly, because of that message, I saw my Good Things in a different light. They are a mindfulness practice, for me, for sure, but they are more than that. They also help other people to be more mindful.
As of today, I will change my "Good Things" lists to "Bliss List" on Facebook, and I will start writing them at the top of my posts again, also.
I invite you to do the same.
Let's change the world by noticing one little bit of bliss at a time.