Friends and family:
Earlier this week, I asked for as many of you as possible to send me 1 or 2 things that you are grateful for. The responses started flooding in almost immediately and I am still getting them today (close to 100 entries)! I cannot tell you how encouraging it is to read all the reasons for which each of you are grateful. Living in gratitude changes everything; how we experience life, how we interact with those in our circles and those who cross our path, how we behave, how we feel, how we heal and how we connect.
I want to send out a thank you and express sincere appreciation for all of you who took the time to respond. Many of you listed several reasons for which you are grateful and I do realize that choosing 1 or 2 items is very difficult. When I originally visualized how this would look, I envisioned a collage of single words in different sizes, with the text going in different directions. However, I wanted to honour all the submissions in their entirety (anonymously) so I created a graphic that summarizes the themes that I felt best fit the items you sent me. I tried to get innovative and have a “magical link” on this fun graphic to navigate directly to the full gratitude list, but I couldn’t quite get that function to work through a Facebook image. One day, I will figure that small detail out! In the interim, you can go to my website www.goodandkindcompany and click on “Gratitude Project” on the top menu bar where you can access the full list of entries. There is one awesome entry I want to publicly acknowledge and it is from my Grandma who we are all so proud of……..she radiates love, kindness and compassion (and is a serious card shark, I can never win). She is 95 years young and I bet you will be able to pick out which entry is hers (under Family & Friends).
There may be some questions about the themes I chose or where I placed some of the entries, but that is not the point of this project. I positively believe you will agree that regardless of where the gratitude entries were placed, it is very moving and inspiring to read what was submitted.
I am thinking creatively about how I can keep this movement going so that people can share their messages on an ongoing basis. Sharing our messages builds empathy and compassion, it break down barriers and connects us as human beings. It helps us all realize the most valuable gift we have in the world is something that costs absolutely nothing – gratitude.
I celebrate each and every one of you!