It’s finally here!
The first post of the first blog hop I’ve ever attempted to host.
And I’m thinking it’s going to be utterly marvellous, in fact, I’m thinking of what I’m going to say in years to come when this becomes the blog hop to top them all and I step up to receive my OBE (Order of the Blogging Empire) from whoever is then King or Queen of all Blogdom and here’s how it goes…
“I’m so surprised – I didn’t think it would be me! *deep breaths*
This is such an honour for many reasons. Firstly, Ten Things of Thankful was the initial, small hop I grew with a hope of spreading a little joy and making people really take some time to think about what’s been going on with them lately that’s really, really good. I have a theory, you see, that no matter how bad it gets, there is always something to be thankful for (even if it’s only that it isn’t worse).
And now that Ten Things of Thankful has gone viral 27 times, is part of the curriculum in 14 countries and once brought the President to tears as he tried to explain how it had affected his life for the good, I just want to tell you a bit about that very first one. *a small tear will trickle down my face*
I was nervous, to begin with, that no-one would like it, and no-one would co-host with me; I had visions of Going It Alone and failing horribly. Then like magic, not one, not two, but eight, wonderful people jumped on board alongside me and made it happen. We even met up once to celebrate and had a wild night (in the way that bloggers do – plugged into Skype) to share our joy at how well it went.
But then there were the dark years when criticism poured in as the hop became more and more lucrative and we phoned one another from our diamond mansions to discuss what we should do – apparently the readers didn’t appreciate us giving thanks for our massive bank accounts each week – so we clubbed together and spent all of our hard-earned gains on buying Australia and ridding it of poisonous critters so that we could legitimately rename it ThankfulLand.
*voice wobbling* The people loved us again for that, because we realised that those who were genuinely for one another could govern themselves well and we created a country of joy and refuge where people worked together, helped one another and celebrated together. ThankfulLand currently enjoys the highest population of civil-minded, graceful-living, pro-neighbourly people in the world as well as the highest numbers of employment and the lowest rates of crime.
*misty-eyed nostalgia* And it all started back in 2012, with that first, tentative post, and then the people started joining in – so allow me a moment to thank those staunch, founding members by name…”
That’s the point where, if you want your name featured in, say, forty years, you’ll add your Ten Things of Thankful and linkie us up.
In all seriousness though, there’s no reason this couldn’t get huge (with your help) because there seems to be an increasing trend for folk to focus on the negatives in life (I know I’ve been guilty of that) and it can be really hard to get back under control until the reins are taken back and the positives are purposefully recognised.
SO by all means, post whatever you were going to post this weekend, but if you feel you’d like to consciously and intentionally seek out the joy, the good and the positive in your life, grab our banner and join right on in.
When I first broached the idea of this hop, I got a lot of feedback saying that it was a ‘great idea’. I don’t deflect kind, affirming feedback without good cause, but in this case I think it’s worth holding back for a second, because what this here actually is, is the start of a great idea. Whether or not it turns out to be a great idea is down to you – because its potential greatness is all in whether or not it perpetuates.
I’m thrilled to have you here, and I look forward to seeing what’s going on with you that’s worth celebrating – I am so looking forward to sharing your happinesses and seeing how far we can take this thing together.
Without further ado
Ten Things of Thankful
1. That I had a wonderful time playing netball with friends on Friday evening
2. The rain storms went away and the sun shone warmly for the rest of the day and I could even get my bike out
3. Husby helped me clean the house ready for our friend to come and stay
4. There is ROOM for our friend to come and stay – YAY second bedroom!
5. I had more lovely snuggles with Niece and Neff
6. Neff’s face of sheer glee when he catches a Pokemon he wanted on the DS
7. I’m about to eat homemade sweet potato wedges and frankly, they’re going to be utterly delicious
8. This blog hop
9. My friends who are helping me stay accountable for weight loss and exercise – they are rigorous!
10. I’ll be babysitting my gorgeous Goddaughter again this evening and I love seeing her, if only for a short while.
Aaaaaaaaaand a super-special ‘thing of thank-you’ from my WonderAunty, who has been avidly following my progress here and wanted to make known her special thank-you today:
“For favourite eldest nieceywiecey and favourite youngest nieceywiecey and for the silver threads of everyday love and kindness that link us all together and for faith, hope and love.”