10 Things began as a nightly list scribbled in a tiny journal: “Ten Great Things About Today.” No matter what, find ten great things about the day, even if when it’s easier to list 20 terrible things. It’s a pretty great exercise in “glass mostly full.”
My very first list in April 2004 went like this:
Tuesday – I have been majorly allergic and miserable today. I could go on to complain about the burning of my nose, the itch in my throat, etc. but I will focus on the great things instead
1. got a printer table
2. Martha gave me daffodils
3. beautiful weather
4. I live in an AMAZING home
5. watched “Kill Bill” with Gavin
6. great emails from Janelle (and everyone else)
7. I can sing
8. painting my room
9. I have great friends
10. Henry is sleeping on the loveseat
In the summer of 2006, I started keeping a visual diary of this list, with monthly photo essays of my great things. Janelle said, “Let’s start a website!” and so we did.
This photo project has quickly become one of my favorite things to do. I hope we can inspire you to start your own lists and come back here to share them with us.
Click here to see the original project page on Flickr and previous 10 Things.
Click here to find tips for starting your own lists.