I considered Gratitude, and I know many people have been successful with the concept, but it doesn't demand the kind of proactive energy I need right now. When you've developed the habit of living in survival mode, hanging on by your fingernails, gratitude feels a little tacked on. As in: barely getting through the day, but at least the cat found his litterbox this time. Celebration isn't a salvage operation for a hard situation, its a way of choosing a whole new one - at least, that's my intent. I see it as a form of mindfulness - marking seasons and cycles and milestones - taking notice, paying attention.
Like the Solstice project. I love the comments that you all contributed - the ideas, stories, ways of marking meaning and passage. And as promised, I took the list of contributors in order, used random.org to pick a number, and..... (drum roll).... the winner is: Linda M. You've won three skeins of yarn of your choice - anything at all in the store that strikes your fancy. Congratulations! (I'll email you, but you know where to find me :))
I'm pretty sure this won't be the last contest of its kind, but I'll say more about that another day.
Above: the happy outcome of Very Cold immediately following Very Wet.