The Power of a Favorite Things Board
One of the things that has helped smooth out the edges of grieving the passing of my dogs Koda and Molly this spring has been a practice I implemented earlier in the year …
A while ago I’d decided to get a white board for the fridge for easier list-making.
But as I started shopping for dry erase boards, I found myself thinking how much fun it would be to have a wall-sized board for capturing favorite moments of each day.
I know to follow inspiration, so while there still isn’t anything for the fridge, next to the laundry room right as you come in from the garage is a three foot tall white board.
And on it is a daily tally of favorite things written with one of the eight color magnetic markers.
- I gleefully wrote down “PUPPIES!” in bright purple after my foster dog gave birth to eight of them here at home.
- I scribbled “peeping window kittens” after I laughed so hard I cried seeing the foster kittens sneaking brave first glances out the basement window where they’ve been raised.
- I jotted “the Caprice on the road again” after George installed new power brakes on the ’66 Chevy that dad gave me when I turned 16. Seeing her drive up the street brought big joy!
It seemed like this board would be an easy way to amp up my appreciation factor, but it has actually turned out to be much more than that.
Throughout the day I’m on the lookout for what that day’s contribution to the board will be.
Which means all day long I’m looking for my favorite thing of the day.
Think about the power of that focus!
You’re exactly right if you thought that when I’m looking for the most wonderful thing of the day, the day can’t help but deliver me wonderful things. It can’t help it! That’s what focus does! Delivers us whatever we’re looking for.
And sure enough, some days I have to put more than one thing on the board, that’s how favorite they are.
Here’s the best part, though …
It’s when company comes over and I have them write their favorite thing on the board, too. Sometimes they ask about an entry, and I get to relive it again as I tell them the story of it.
And then long after they’re gone I still get to enjoy what they wrote as their favorite thing.
Each time I walk by, whether it’s for laundry, or scooping litters in the laundry room, or walking down the hallway to the kitten nursery or puppy room, or taking garbage out or loading up in the car – with every pass I see our favorite things on the big board. And I can’t help but smile.
Even on the rough days. Especially on the rough days. There are my favorite things about life, right there in my own handwriting, reminding me how good life really is.
So much better than a to-do list on the fridge. 🙂
Once it fills up I erase it and start over. Although I never erase “PUPPIES!”
This picture doesn’t do the power of this practice justice, and I know some of you already engage something like this.
But for those of you who don’t, capturing daily high points in a way where you and others can see them in big bold color is a surprisingly fun and effective way to raise the vibe on a regular basis that you can continue to milk until it’s time to do it all over again.
You know I’d love to hear stories from those of you who already practice this. 🙂