One Thousand Gifts is a book by Ann Voskamp. In a similar style to C.S. Lewis, every word that Ann writes is poetic, and filled with depth and meaning. Sometimes reading just a few pages gave me enough to stew over for a while. And then I’d re-read those pages and see something new. Her words are hauntingly beautiful, and inspiring.
One Thousand Gifts is a journal of Ann’s journey and transition from ingratitude to gratitude. Ann challenges herself by asking “Could I write a list of a thousand things I love?…one thousand gifts…not the gifts I want but of gifts I already have.” What follows is a record of the gifts that Ann discovers, as she defeats ingratitude with gratefulness:
#1. Morning shadow across the old floors
#38. Wool sweaters with turtleneck collars
#118. Crackle in fireplace
#526. New toothbrushes
#904. First frost’s crunch
Ann’s perspective on seeing gifts in even the smallest of things has challenged me to be more thankful, and begin my own list of one thousand gifts. Maintaining a posture of gratitude is a discipline and a journey.