I began my blog Diamonds at Dawn in January 2014: it was born from a desire to be more grateful for the life I live.
I truly believe one of the greatest tragedies of life is to lose our enthusiasm truly to live it… To be fully alive, totally present, completely yourself, and grateful for each day as if it were a gift. I want to live life like this. When we leak ungratefulness as a habit, so outpours our zeal for all that is marvellous and miraculous about every day life.
I would love to live a life adorned with humility and the joy of thankfulness, a life in filled with creativity, abundance and freedom, a life which radiates with the love and compassion of our creator God …But I am a work in progress…
Join me as I continue to explore the pursuit of a life like this, through the trials and errors of my daily life!
I decided to start 2014 with a vow: to learn to live in the moment, to be grateful, to be thankful, to be captivated by the small things of every day, in essence; to become more alive in who God created me to be in the world he created.
I decided to take a photograph of something I was thankful for every day in 2014 in my active pursuit to become more grateful and alive in my every day life. And I did it! For 365 days I wrote about something I was thankful for every day, and posted my thoughts with my photography from that day.
My hope was to discover more of how to live my life to the fullest, how to appreciate everything and everyone around me more. The effects were amazing. I truly did become more appreciative of the all the small moments that make up my life. It was a real discipline to do it every day, but I have now created a new way of thinking for myself, and naturally feel more grateful, and very happy.
I also wanted to learn how to love best. How to love God and how to love others. Because as time goes by, I realise more and more that this is what life is about. I continue to learn more about loving others as I learn more about loving God, the world around me and myself.
2014 was a fantastic year, because of of wonderful things that happened, but mainly because of a wonderful new perspective that dawned within me.
I was so impacted by my pursuit for to live a more thankful life in 2014 that I wanted to continue into 2015. This year, instead of writing a daily post, I am choosing to write one post each month.
As I continue to write I am continually becoming more captivated by the world around me. Anne Lamott insightfully notes that ‘we may notice amazing details during the course of the day, but we rarely let ourselves stop and really pay attention.’ I want to pay attention, I want to notice, to appreciate, to revel, to be fascinated, to never lose the child inside me who wants to explore as if each day is the very first one.
For me, I find this in aspiring to live each day with as much gratitude as I can, and in finding joy in the small details of life, which we so often stop noticing. I have realised, through making writing a regular discipline in my life, how much I love it, and how much I come alive when I am doing it! So I will continue to jump into life each day, be thankful, praise God, write about it and take some photos as I go. I hope you continue to join me as I do 🙂