Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Happy List

When the heart aches, finding relief is often difficult, so this week I made a "Happy List." It's something my daughter and I used to do during the initial days of my post-divorce life. It forced us to look for ordinary things that made us feel good and forget our worries, if only for a moment. The list can have one item or 10—doesn't matter. If you're struggling with heartache, I highly recommend it.

My "Happy List"

1. The freshness of the mini-bundt cake I ate yesterday.

2. A cheery voice calling, "Hello, cowgirl."

3. The snowcone truck at work.

4. The way the evening sunshine streams through my front windows. 

5. Blue Hour in the suburbs.

6. Rocking Arabella to sleep, her tiny fingers wrapped tightly around mine.

"Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are LOVELY, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."  (Philippians 4:8)


  1. Count your blessings, name them one by one...count your many blessings, see what God has done! Wonderful post :)

  2. Love the Happy List approach to life, and that last picture melts my heart.

  3. Praying for you, Gayle. You are doing the right thing to focus on all those Philippians 4:8 things. How precious are those intertwined fingers...

  4. And isn't amazingly simple, the happy list?!

    *hugs* to you... The sweetness factor was over the top!
    Letters Unfolded

  5. Just this past week our pastor mentioned the benefit of writing our concerns and heartaches down as a prayer list. He said don't stop there. Turn the page over and write down your blessings. It really helps renew your perspective.
    Sending prayers and hugs!