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Listening to Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, was one of the triggers for me wanting to explore gratitude more. She posts a lot of helpful reminders to count your gifts, or blessings, or practise gratitude, whatever you want to call it, and I was about to go to bed when she posted her June joy dare on Facebook (she originally put together these prompts back in 2012, to help people see that getting to 1000 isn’t actually that hard!).

Why not? I haven’t done the daily blogging challenge for a while. So here we go, I’ll get it in just under the wire for the first of the month. Some of them I wonder how I’ll manage them, but that’s the point, isn’t it? To think more deeply and intentionally about the abundance I have!

Maybe you want to play along? You don’t have to make them public – writing them down in a notebook is fine! But actually writing these things down is important I think. It forces you to slow down and helps the gifts to stick in your mind.


3 Gifts Orange

  • The streaky peach and hibiscussy colours in the sky yesterday as the sun set. The world was all aglow and it was just stunning.
  • The orange crunchy leaves in the backyard that I sweep up most days as our trees and vines settle in to winter.
  • The actual oranges that grew on our little orange tree. They are small and probably sour. But I love seeing things in the garden ripen and fulfil their purpose, whether fruit, vegetable or flowers. There is something joyful in it.