I came to this blog hop to save my mental health and to restore my happiness. I was spending far too much time being miserable and there was no reason for it. Except maybe I was focusing on the things that bugged me, or stuff that I have no control over. Or maybe it was the junk that I wouldn’t let go of. You know what I’m talking about – that miserable shit that clutters your mind, fogs your brain, and tears at your heart until your everything is rusty. No good ever comes from the mind of a person who can not see the Silver Linings.
I knew about Lizzi and her roving band of blog hoppers; these happy few that shared the good things and the good stuff with each other. You know them as Ten Things of Thankful bloggers.
At the risk of exposing my faults and flaws, I joined this fabulous group of blog hoppers who were already closing in on a year of blogging goodness. People who shared all the things about their week that they deemed worthy of sharing.
Sometimes a week was filled with the kind of happy that makes you jump out of your chair and give fist pumps to the air and drives to you post a comment that says stuff like “Hell YES!”.
On occasion a Ten Things of Thankful post is about a sad event and the Silver Lining, the thankful that is found is the fact that they had an audience that they can spill their written tears on and find comforting words in the comments. Words of experience, of hope, and of love. Words to help them heal and move on.
And sometimes the content is just everyday things that don’t suck; fresh-baked cookies, a fresh pot of your favorite tea or coffee, or a bunch of wild flowers that a small child picked just for you. These are things that are considered Silver Linings. And these are the things that help us move past the events and people who do not add good to our lives.
This week is a milestone. It is a number so big that a third digit had to be added to the end of the previous week’s number. It is Week 100. One hundred weeks of thankfuls and Silver Linings. Say it with me, people, ONE HUNDRED WEEKS of Ten Things of Thankful. Just one month shy of two full years of a blog hop whose only criteria is to encourage people to look for the good things in their life. It really doesn’t get any easier than this.
What this group has done for me is immeasurable.
I can type “thank you” a thousand times and it will not be enough.
If I called Lizzi in England to tell her what a wonderful thing she created with her TToT hop it wouldn’t do any good. Because I would just listen to her lovely accent and never speak myself. Who wants to hear my voice when an English Lady is speaking?
It is fun to heap praises on the worthy. They shuffle their feet, they mumble that they didn’t do anything special (but they did do lots of special things), they say things like “anyone could do this” or “I had a lot of help”. Yea yea yea.
You did what no one else would do, or thought to do. You did such a good thing when you shared your thankfuls with us.
The internet is a better place because of Lizzi and her Guard of Nine along with their trusty Book of Secret Rules / Secret Book of Rules that keeps all of us honest when counting out our lists
I won’t focus this week’s post on me by counting off ten things that I am thankful for. Oh yes, I will do exactly that. This week I am thankful for these 10 people who are the backbone of this blog hop. Please go and read every one of their posts for this week. You may find some new favorite writers to follow and for that they would be thankful.
I give to you the Ten Things Of Thankful hosts:
8. Thankful Me
And just for good measure, there is a Facebook group right here and you can join it if you want.
Next week I will be in one of my most favorite places in the world so I can’t guarantee a post. I will do my best. Until then, I hope that your coming week is full of people and things to be thankful for.
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