So, you know those people in your life? The really really wise ones. The ones who are so wise they make pretty big mistakes but actually learn from them and then are so full of wisdom that it's almost shocking? I have not one but a couple of them in my life. I'm continually bowled over by what I learn from them but this Wednesday, the one friend had the best idea. It was so great I could't help but steal it and make it my own.
She was talking about how she'd made some decisions that took her down some pretty bumpity roads and even though they were roads she could have happily done without, she got so much out of them at the end she couldn't really do without them. You know those sorts of roads? Most of us have been down them.
Before I go any further, I should warn you this isn't a friend who is given to hyperbole or big emotional/dramatic anythings. In fact, some of her bumpy roads may have started with ignoring emotional stuff. She's one of those rock-solid, down-to-earth people that won't let you get your head too far into the clouds.
Anyway, she was just reflecting on that and how even in her darkest, hardest times, she is still so far ahead of so much of the world and how she has so much to be grateful for. She was thinking that every day she would capture any image that reminded her of that feeling and do something - a collage, a display - so that she could be reminded of it when things weren't feeling so awesome and she'd forgotten all she had to be grateful for.
I loved that idea. Though, I know myself and I knew that capturing an image per day was improbable and I would totally flunk at it. I also live in a teeny, tiny house with limited wall space (I have lots of windows and lots of books) so what would I do with all this gratitude? Sure it's important to collect it and be reminded but if it's closed off in something like an art journal, then it can slip out of your consciousness. I wanted something that would cue me without me having to remember it first.
That led me to thinking about how I was grateful for Flannelberry and just having the space, energy, security, and will to dream about communicating with all of you. Of course the answer presented itself right then and there. My blog would be the perfect place for a weekly expression of gratitude. I will pick a regular day and write up something or post a picture that captures it for me.
So, I doubt it will be Friday but for this week, why not?
It was my birthday yesterday and I am grateful for my family and friends making it such a wonderful day. It was peaceful and full of generosity. I absolutely loved it and may have even relaxed. I feel so very lucky.
Have a great weekend everyone.