Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Blessings in a Day #SOL19

I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers Annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge.  

I have been reading Betty Before X, a story written by the daughter of Malcolm X. The book "illuminates four important years in her mother's childhood."

Betty lived with a family who encouraged her to not look at the negatives in life but, to "look for the good and praise it." Betty, who is trying to come to terms with her "unwantedness" from her mother, begins to count her blessings.

Today, I tell the story of my day in blessings:

  • A warm, sunny day
  • A few quiet moments before students arrive 
  • A lesson on colons
  • Shared laughs with colleagues
  • A principal who respects our time and keeps meetings short
  • Short lines in Walmart
  • A new Moleskin notebook
  • A writing group who (hopefully) forgives me for forgetting a writing session 
  • A few quiet moments in an empty house
  • A beautiful sunset
  • Time to write
  • Time to read


  1. I haven’t heard of this book. Thanks for sharing the title and your blessings.

  2. "Look for the good and praise it" is good advice for us all. I'll have to look for this book.

  3. How much better off we would all be if we counted the blessings in every day we are given.

  4. I listened to the audio of this book and really enjoyed it! Your list made me feel peaceful. I love when books inspire writing! :-)

  5. Thanks for sharing. This sounds like a very interesting book. I think writing groups are intriguing. How did you find your group?

  6. Counting blessings is always worthwhile.

  7. Oh, what a gift your words are tonight. My three favorites: A principal who keeps meetings short, a new Moleskin notebook, and a beautiful sunset. There are always blessings in our day if we take the time to notice them.

  8. I am trying to be more mindful of my blessings each day. This is an inspiring list.

  9. I like this message of looking for the good-something I certainly need today!