What Went Well Wednesday

I only do this occasionally now, but for a while on this blog I had a regular feature called What Went Well Wednesday. It was based on a gratitude practice also called Three Blessings, in which one lists three blessings, or three things that went well, and sometimes WHY they went well. The idea is to refocus one’s attention on what is going well in life and how that happened, including one’s own agency.

Tonight is Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving here in the US, so I’m counting my blessings.

  1. I am so thankful for my husband and three children, who are all happy, nice, healthy people; and I’m thankful that my children get along so well that they are currently out, just them, having a “sibling bonding” dinner and movie together. Because they are good people making good choices, becoming young adults who make us so proud!
  2. I am thankful for the rest of our extended families: siblings, siblings-in-law, nephews, nieces, and one elderly father-in-law, who is the only surviving parent of the original four parents of myself and my husband. Because they are also good people, doing good things in the world, living their best lives as best they can, living conscientiously in the world.
  3. I am thankful for the daily blessings of good health, a loving spouse, a pretty home, a garden to enjoy, a temperate climate, an interesting and well-paid job (even with its many challenges), the opportunities to keep learning, and the privilege and safety that come with being an American citizen.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate it, and blessings to all of you who don’t. I’m also thankful for all of you who do me the honor of reading this blog and offering your own thoughts here. What makes you thankful?

8 thoughts on “What Went Well Wednesday

  1. I love you post! Gratitude is such a necessary, healthy, humbling emotion which keeps us centered on what is important. Thank you for reminding us of that. I also am thankful for my family, friends, health, nature’s beauty, and living in America. Xoxo

  2. I have always loved this Wednesday post and am glad to see you resurrect it. I am thankful for having a job that helps me support my family, the health and well being of my family and the small group of wonderful folks I call my friends. In this world that is so lacking in integrity it is wonderful to see folks making good choices, living ethically and doing the best they can.

    • OOO and also wanted to say I also recommended the book Quiet…I have read it twice now (and might just read it again!) such an eye opener for me in terms of understanding not only myself but my eldest child as well.

    • Thanks for sharing those positive thoughts! I agree with you about people doing their best to live with integrity. When I feel down about a lack of integrity in the world, I watch Foyle’s War, an old TV series. It’s very affirming about an ethical man doing his job among ethical shades of grey.

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