Today’s Gem of Gratitude #360


Today I am thankful for the movie The Holiday, a movie that always reminds me to be the leading lady in my life. In fact, one of my absolute favorite parts of the film is when Arthur, an elderly gentleman writer for the golden era of Hollywood tells Kate Winslet’s character, Iris, that in Hollywood there are leading ladies and then there are best friends, and that she is certainly a leading lady who unfortunately happens to be acting like the best friend.

Unfortunately, I have come to realize that I can completely relate to the sentiment behind those words, and that every time that I watch that film I still find myself relating to it. On the fortunate side of things, though, it immediately reminds me to get myself back in gear just as a leading lady should. And then I smile and I take that step back into my starring role. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #359


Today I am thankful for emoji, because sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. And though I make use of emoji frequently, by no means do I think that all communication should be made with emoji. That would be unrealistic, inefficient, and highly unsatisfying. At times, though, when you just want to let someone one quickly know, for example, that you are thinking of them, that you love them, that they make you smile, emoji are a great way to convey those sentiments to your intended recipient. And they are cute to boot with seemingly automatic smile-inducing mechanisms build right in. And who does not appreciate that? I know that I do. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #341


Today I am thankful for word games such as scrabble and its variations. I have always been a lover of words – the sound of them, the use of them, the meanings associated with them, the messages that can be conveyed with them. Words are beautiful. Words are powerful. Words are connectors. So, playing word games, especially those that allow you to play the word games with another person, effectively connects you with the world and the people around you. And, if you permit yourself to be astute enough, you might even learn some new words in the process. #lovebythedrop