Posts tagged poetry
The Thankful Game

At a conference I attended this summer, a keynote speaker gave a talk about thankfulness. She referred to a study which found people who meditate on five specific things per day they are grateful for are 25% happier. I'm not exactly sure how happiness is measured (although it's explained in the full text), but I can tell you from personal experience that focusing on the good happening around me rather than the negative changes my perspective.

So I came home from the conference and excitedly told Patrick about this new piece of information I learned and thus was born The Thankful Game.

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Happiness

Happiness is... [family]
...parents visiting for the weekend.
...making homemade noodles with your niece.
...being an honorary aunt of your best friend’s kid.
...missing Grandpa and Grandma at every family event,
playing pitch and putting together puzzles

Happiness is... [click to see more]

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A Butternut Sonnet (or Three)

As the autumn leaves set fire to the sky
the garden now begins to fade away.
A tale that tells of summer drawing nigh,
kids back in school, no longer out to play.

Amongst the dying vines of summertime
fall and winter treasures speckle the earth.
The vision of these is simply sublime;
it's hard for me to even count their worth.

Pumpkins! Fall's best-known squash for making pie.
Green acorn squash! Less known, but oh! So pretty!
But of all the squash, you I can't deny;
Butternut, to you I sing this diddy.

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