My pile of good things…

“So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.” – Rainbow Rowell


I stumbled across this quote about 6 months ago and loved it immediately.

That day I created a gmail folder called ‘Pile of good things” and every time I get an uplifting message, happy story or compliment from someone I file it away in this folder.

It’s only been 6 months, and there’s over 100 good things in here so far! It’s amazing how quickly this pile grows, and how quickly I forget some of the things inside.

Now that I have this growing pile… Whenever I’m feeling stalled or frustrated with my progress in life, I pop open this folder and start browsing through the pile of good things in my life. I’m always delighted by what I find.

It reminds me that no matter how slow my progress may seem, I’m living a “full life” already. My pile of good things is always bigger than I remember, and it’s continuing to grow.

Do you keep a pile of good things? What have you added to it recently?


**Photo by Eaters Collective

2 thoughts on “My pile of good things…

  • Good idea here. If you don’t take time to reflect on the good things, it’s easy to get lost in the (so to speak) #firstworldproblems.

    One good thing for this week: Found out yesterday, my property manager collected 100% of rents for our two rentals for May. So that’s 100% in April and 100% in May. Of course, that’s good for me as I don’t have to pay the mortgages out of savings. But I think it’s also very good for my tenants. That means they are stable enough to pay rent and their lives and families are in decent shape. I hope it also means their jobs are intact and they paid their rent from income (as opposed to savings or stimulus checks). I’m counting this as a good thing for all of us involved.

    • That’s great to hear. Love that you’re thinking of your tenants and including them in the good things pile.

      Same-ish for me. May was like April and we collected most of our rents. I’m grateful for all my tenants hanging in through this tough time.

      Cheers JR! Have a good one!

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