Always thankful

There is always something to be thankful for!

I know of all my heart that it’s true, it’s a fact. We just need to see it, to feel it, or perhaps to look for it.

Is thankfulness something that comes natural to us? I’m not sure… I depends on who you are, and how you live your life. If you decide to focus on it, then yes I believe that it can come easy! Easy as in you learn to feel it and you start to recognize it even in the smallest of things. I’m working on making “being thankful” a natural part of my every day life. Cause for me, it sometimes comes pretty easy, but other times it’s very hard… and that’s not ok if you ask me. I don’t want to be an ungrateful person. It doesn’t contribute to the woman I would like to be. So I wanted to become more happy for the things I’ve got, and my experiences. So I got a “Gratitude book”. Or if you ask me… the book got me!

Let me share the story behind this light green little book of mine:

It’s the day Sunday before Valentine’s Day, and I’m feeling bad about the fact that my plans for Valentine’s went down the drain… the day I had been looking forward to, had now become a day I just wanted to sleep through… All the sudden in my moment of negativity I heard a little voice inside of me saying I should start writing in my diary again, and writing about all the positive and fun things that happen in my life. “But, I don’t have time to write in my diary, I know how it goes, I start writing, and then after a few weeks I stop cause I’m just not motivated enough” Then I heard the voice again, kind of answering my thought: “What about a gratitude book? You don’t need to write a novel about your day, just a few things you are thankful for”. Yes! I thought back, now we’re talking, I’m totally getting one! Just an ordinary book, that I can write in. I’ll write “Gratitude Book” on it or something. Sweet!

I now had a plan, and I was going to start as soon as possible šŸ™‚

The next day, when I came home from work I had a package in my mailbox. It was from my friend Misty, who lives in the States. I knew she had sent me a gift, Ā It was meant for my B-day, but it had got delayed. It the day before Valentine’s, and I thought it was the perfect day to receive a surprise all the way from America. I came home, did some cleaning and put my house in order, the package was there and patiently waiting for me to open it. I was in no hurry. Then after a while, when I wasĀ finished with everything and almost had forgotten about the package…I opened it, and was thrilled to see that amongst the nice gifts was… a Gratitude Book!

I use it everyday, and it’s becoming a blessing for me to at the end of my day, think what I want to thank for. On my book there is a quote from Joseph B. Wirthlin saying:

“GRATITUDEĀ is a mark of a NOBLE SOUL and a refined CHARACTER”

I belive this to be true and I’m so thankful to my friend Misty who sent me this book!

Friendship from Miriam

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Words that warms the heart

A while ago I saw this Facebook status:

Ā “My birthday wish from my Facebook friends: Words of affirmation! šŸ™‚ Write a few compliments or other nice things and that would make me Super happy (heart) “

 

I read it twice beforeĀ I really understood what it said. This was written by a boy who was turning 24 that day. I don’t know him that well, but I do know that he is a positive, warm and nice to everyone kind of guy. I love people who are like that. Since it reminds me who I always want to be. Kind, happy and always ready to give a hug if to anyone who wants or needs one. I really don’t know why it surprised me, that he had written this. Perhaps one part has to do with him being a boy, and being so open with it. I’m glad he was though.

I believe that everyone wants what he was asking for. I believe that in the world we live in, with all the focus on ME, ME and ME, we need to be reminded of this. To give each other words of affirmation. To give compliments. To let people, especially our friends and family know what they mean to us. Sometimes it’s compliments, other times it’s encouragement. Then again words of affirmation and compliments can for many be an encouragement. We all need encouragement, don’t we? Well according to me we do. I really truly do believe that what this boy wished for on his birthday from his FB friends, is something that EVERYONE at least once or twice in their life wish to hear. I’m sure even more šŸ™‚

Nice, kind, warm words that comes from the heart, can make all the difference in the world. I know that, cause they have for me. Words of affirmation, words of encouragement, compliments given to me has made, and do make a difference. I’m not saying everyone is like me. But everyone on earth are human, and I do believe that we all need kindness and sweetness in our life. We all need sweet sparkles.

Share words of kindness. You don’t know the person? It really doesn’t matter. I know I wrote “friends and family” I would like to add “strangers” as well. People you don’t know… yet. I’ve had that happen to me this fall, people have given me compliments about my coat. My fall coat, that is absolutely beautiful. I love my coat that I bought at a second hand store a few years ago, and apparently so do others. And they told me! They didn’t just think it, they told me. I admit that itĀ made me happy. That I was wearing something pretty unique that other people, even strangers liked. I think you get my point šŸ™‚

I never asked the boy if I could copy his Facebook status and share it here. But I’m not worried. I think it will make him happy to see the inspiration it gave me. So thank you boy for sharing.

Words that warm the heart are sweet sparkles. What good does it do if you keep the words to yourself?

Let’s share them!Ā It will make you happy.

I promise!

Getting started

Feb this year I named by blog. And that was it. Since thenĀ 
I've been thinking and thinking, but not started with the
writing thing. And that's the whole idea behind having a blog.Ā 
You write stuff.

I've always wanted to be good at things right from the start,
not being very patient with myself and understanding thatĀ 
it takes practise to become good at something. I've wanted toĀ 
be perfect from the start... and the same thing goes with this
whole blog thing. I want to be the perfect blog writer. NotĀ 
that I know actually what I mean with that. Since I don't read
other blogs, and I haven't even read all the "how to getĀ 
started" ideas and tips, then I probably don't really care soĀ 
much about trying to be good at it. I think I'm past the time
of not doing things just because I feel I'm not good at it.Ā 
That's all in the past now. Because...

Now I feel that the time has come for me to write in my blogĀ 
"Sweet Sparkles", and to share it with
whoever wants to read it. My English isn't perfect...Ā 
butĀ it's readable. My thoughts and feelings might be a bit
different... but they are mine and they are ok. I might not
always have much to say...but keeping is simple is also good.
My blog is called "Sweet Sparkles" and it refers to all the
small but oh so important things that makes life so special.
Life is filled with joy and sadness, hopes, dreams and
disappointments. Life is filled with things that happen and
it's filled with a lot of feelings to the things that occur.
A sweet sparkle can be a moment, a situation, a feeling, a
thought, an event or a happening.

If you compare life to a cupcake then the sweet sparkles are the frosting and the sprinkles that makes the cupcake adorable and very tempting to eat.

 I want to become better in recognizing the sweet
sparkles that are sprinkled over my cupcake. At times it's
hard to see them, but just like the band harper lee sings inĀ 
their song "Everything Is Going To Be Ok" I believe that
focusing on the positive and good in life, it makes it easier
to live and to be thankful for the great gift that life is.

A wonderful gift filled with SWEET SPARKLES.

SWEET SPARKLES

Sweet Sparkle is the name of my blog. I believe if more things would have sweet sparkles on them: We would beĀ happier and life would be more positive. I Ā believe that there are lots of things that happen in your lives that actually are sparkled with sweetness. But we can’t, or we don’t want to see them. We are to stressed out, to busy and to caught up with the ourselves that we miss the small, sweet sparkles around us. This blog is about seeing them acknowledge, them, and being thankful for them. Ā BUT Ā MOST OF ALL SHARING THEM I hope that many people will want to be a part of my blog.

Enjoy!