The Best Moments of My Life

What a weighty title, no? But as I started to write in my new gratitude journal, I realized the end product would, indeed, be a compilation of the best moments of my life on a daily basis. I was inspired to start this journal by Michelle Ward’s tweet linking me to this post by Trent Hamm at The Simple Dollar.

I’m writing the entries in a small book made for me by a friend who was learning bookbinding, and it feels like the appropriate precious vessel for all these memories. Each evening or the following morning, I review my day and write/sketch something that records the best part of that day:  a conversation, something shared, an epiphany.

Best Moment of the Day:  12-21-08

I started the journal yesterday, thinking that the winter solstice—when our days start to creep back toward the light—was an appropriate time to start paying attention to the light in my life.

December 21
Putting up the tree this year was victory enough, but I was surprised by the end of the night to also feel some ownership of the tree—not just that I had put up my mother’s Christmas tree. Sometimes, I think I’m going to be okay.

NB. I should probably explain the drawing, eh? It’s a small (like the size of my pinky finger) white plastic skeleton hanging on our Christmas tree. When I was a kid, he was revealed from behind a store-bought advent calendar—I have no other memories of that advent calendar, but surreal li’l Mr Skeleton has been part of my family’s Christmas tradition ever since. After each holiday, my mum took great care to make sure he was found on the tree and wrapped up in his own bag so he wouldn’t get lost amongst all the other ornaments. Coming home for the holidays whilst in college, I love searching the tree for his creepy bones. Now he hangs on my tree and is still my favorite ornament.

Thanks for reading!

Published in journal on Monday, December 22, 2008
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  1. Monday, December 22, 2008, at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I hope you’ll continue to share pages with us occasionally. I love your sketch, seeing your handwriting, and the inspiration…

  2. Monday, December 22, 2008, at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the shout-out! I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t started this yet, but you are so inspiring I feel the itch to start my own Best Moments journal right away!

    I also love how you made this your own tied it into your art. I can imagine it’s made it more fun for you, which will give you the motivation to do it daily.



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