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My closet was a sad, sad collection of socks. There were lonely socks who lost their sock buddy ages ago. There were borrowed pairs I once snatched out of the clean laundry basket at my parents place and had never returned. I had socks with gaping battle wounds, war scars and transparent soles. Some socks gripped my ankles with all their might while closing my blood vessels. Some socks lost all their elasticity and let go of me a long time ago.

Do you know the feeling of postponing an item on your to do list forever and ever? Buying new socks was such an item for me.

A while ago I came up with a new tactic to finally get myself to buy new socks. I threw out all my old socks with big gaping holes. The logic: if I don’t have any socks, there will finally be the necessity and urgency to go out and buy them.

Sometimes you need to create your own catalysts.

Now the weather is getting colder I am extra thankful for anything that keeps me warm: snuggly plaids, warm woolen scarfs, thick cozy winter coats and of course comfy socks.

I am now the proud owner of a bunch of very happy colourful socks. Wiggling around my toes in bright coloured triangles and dots? Yes please. Covering my feet in glittery stripes? Sign me up.

Delight in the little things. Even in the cold and dark days, there are numerous things to smile about and to be grateful for. Things that make you go: ‘Well, at least I have this and this going for me’.

Think of 3 things you are grateful for today. What are they?

I’ll go first: warm happy socks, reading in bed, coffee.


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    November 19, 2014 at 13:56

    I am grateful for my daughter’s budding imagination, for hard Apple cider late at night with my best friend, and singing in harmony with my student!

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    November 20, 2014 at 07:55

    The magical feeling of dancing the waltz, late night conversations, and seeing my breath in cold air. This is such a good idea! Maybe I’ll go buy myself some new socks…

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    Rachael Rifkin

    November 20, 2014 at 18:36

    I did the same thing! They give me little bursts of happiness all day long. :-)


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