Wednesday, July 20

my 5 a day

just lately, when I climb into bed at night
I've tried to stop myself going over all the things I
 didn't tick off the list
didn't finish
didn't achieve
didn't do well enough
didn't do properly
didn't like doing
had to re-do
have to do tomorrow
and the day after
and the day after that. . .

and instead I think about
5 nice things that happened to me
during the past 24 hours

The only trouble is. . .

there's SO MANY nice little things
once you start to think about them,
do you reckon it's ok
to make an overflow list?


Susan T said...


Just the thing I needed to read this morning, feeling down in the doldrums, weather, life, you know the score - I read this and smiled to myself. Yes an overflow list sounds just the ticket.

sandiart said...

For the good things, of course it is ok. :)
x Sandi

Mimi and Tilly said...

An overflow list sounds gorgeous. I was sat at my computer this morning going through a list of all the things I'm grateful for and thinking about writing a blog post about it, and then came here and read your post. Now I'm definitely going to write that blog post. It would be like a bloggy overflow list! Em xx

Vintage Jane said...

Life's been bit of a bummer for me and mine recently, so this has prompted me to keep on looking on the bright side and to have hope! Thanks. M x

sue15cat said...

An overflow list of the nice things is highly recommended.

Any other negative sort of list should be written in invisible ink!!

Sue xx

Sherri B. said...

I can't thank you enough for this great idea!!! I am just terrible to myself at bedtime, doing the very list you mentioned (and maybe more). I feel it working! already. xxoo

polkadotpeticoat said...

brilliant, must try this!!

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

I have been down recently and can't get out of it, I will try to think of some positives!
T x
ps I didn't do the stools, but I have an ercol kitchen chair that may get the same treatment, and touch wood - yes it's good, even though now usually sales do drop off untill September.

Mary Jane's TEAROOM said...

This is a wonderful positive..sometimes we dwell too much on the negative things and I think this can change your whole outlook!....
Susan x

Sylvia said...

Great idea, Elaine, I always try to think of nice things, not easy !
But I'm sure it's ok to make an overflow list, just to forget the annoying things !

Gypsy and Nell said...

I spend too much time fretting, usually my biggest frett is not having enough time,...praps if I stopped wasting time fretting about it, I'd have more!! I think it is a most definite to have an over flow for happy, xx

BusyLizzie said...

Hi Elaine, thank you for your lovely comment. Ardingly was manic, we had a really good fair thank you! Lizzie x
PS. Overflow list IS allowed!!!

Menopausalmusing said...

I keep meaning to practice this kind of thing and then it gets put to the bottom of the mental list must try harder!

Country Cottage Chic said...

An overflow list of positive things must be good!

OhSoVintage said...

Yes, we all should count our blessings. I hope your list continues to overflow!
Ruth x

Edward said...

What a nice post, I really should do more of this, I get down about stuff all the time and then spend far to long dwelling on it and then I make mistakes because I am stressed and dwelling on it, so yes an overflow is a great idea, this really is a good post I am going to try this, thanks.

Gena said...

I sure do Elaine! I also believe that by feeling grattitude we attract more of the same into our lives,make that list as long as you like!xx

Kim said...

what an uplifting blog post Elaine!
Makes me think I should be grateful for the fact that my little mouse is not constipated!
Love to Kit!

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