Examples of Great Things

Taken in Sublimity, Oregon on Mother's Day 2012


I wrote about my quest to find one great thing a day.  Maybe some examples of what recent great things I’ve found might help.

1.) Spotting an old pickup decorated with weird goose and owl yard ornaments and a hood covered with plastic animals and Pez containers.  It was awesome strange!

2.) Listening to the students in Math class first period:  Out of the crowd a girl asks, “Mrs. S., Are there fish that lay down when they sleep?”   The teacher ignores her but another voice in the class says, “Have you ever heard of the Sand Shark?”   Don’t know why but it made me smile and started my day off on the right foot but it did.

3.)  Finding my daughter shoes for $.25 cents a pair at a garage sale.  This needs no explanation.

4.) Connecting with the nerdy guys that have just opened a local gaming store.  Being nerdy is the new cool.

5.)  Meeting a baby who gives you a huge toothy grin and throws her hands over her head in delight when you smile back at her.

6.) Seeing an amazing sunset.

7.)  Getting an unexpected phone call from a friend.

8.) Saving over $10 with coupons at the grocery store and the clerk says, “You did a good job with the coupons today!”

9.) The otter Beanie Baby that followed me home from a neighbors garage sale.  (Garage sales are a big source of greatness.  I think it’s the thrill of the hunt and the surprise at what one can find.  I love surprises.)

10.) Listening to the drums in a good marching band.  My head is bobbing to the beat.

These examples may not capture your idea of what’s great and that’s ok.  Just remember the more things that you classify as great the more your day will be filled with them.

Most days I don’t start out looking for great things.  Often I have to remind myself that each day provides me a new opportunity to search out those little things that can be so easily overlooked but can provide so much enjoyment, delight and satisfaction.  That crazy decorated pickup is still making me smile.  Just writing this list was fun.  Don’t miss out.  Greatness is everywhere.


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