The instructions from Karen are to be as literal or figurative as we like in our posts. So this year mine have varied from either end of that instruction.
This week seemed like a good time to reflect back on the last three months worth of posts. If you want a read you can find all of my posts here. Here is a quick recap of some of the highlights from 2015!
I took pictures of the blue sky and clouds.
Noticed the way the sun shone through things on the windowsill.
I spent a lot of time in January looking at the sky.
See how it looked different on different days.
I also spent time watching the raindrops on the windows.
I also played around making sparkles.
Then I turned to looking at the sunsets.
More looking at things with the sun shining through them.
Of course I could not stop looking at the blue sky though!
And watching to see what was coming up in the garden.
The snowdrops were so beautiful. I shared them several times.
My skywatching wasn't all about sunsets or blue skies though. I saw these amazing contrails one day.
Like many of us, I have emerged from winter battered and exhausted, unable to raise the emotional thermostat from the low settings it had precipitated.
Like many of us, I have started to go back to exercising the "almost inevitable" pause of the Christmas period. Except that this time I have added a simple routine which does not involve getting sweaty or breathless, but it does have a similar beneficial effect on my wellbeing and, if you agree with the butterfly effect, on the world's wellbeing too.
Once a day I find a quiet spot, I get comfortable and I bring to my mind ten things which I am grateful for, counting them on my fingers. Professor Mark Williams, a clinical psychologist at the University of Oxford, states that it is important to get to ten things, even when it becomes increasingly harder after three our four! This is what the exercise is for - intentionally bringing into awareness the tiny, previous unnoticed elements of the day.
Modern neuroscience has proved what ancient spiritual wisdom had recommended for centuries and followers of Jesus are invited to do: saying thanks works.
This seems like a good place to leave Sunlit Sunday for this year. I hope that you have enjoyed my posts. I have certainly enjoyed taking part and I thank you Karen for hosting Sunlit Sunday again this year.
I wish you all a great year ahead with lots of sunlit moments and things to be grateful for. I am grateful for you all stopping by here and being such wonderful people!
Happy Sunday and Happy Sunshine!