Today marks the first day of November. In light of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I decided that I’d like to take on a photography project that expresses gratitude. I thank God everyday for my family and my friends, for my church and the basic necessities like food, clothing, and shelter. For the next 27 days, I’m looking for even more to focus a thankful spirit, and I’d like to dance artistically along the lines of stuff I often forget to be thankful for. I’m challenging myself to leave behind my SLR and see what I can capture armed simply with my mobile device…
So here it is, day 27 and it’s Thanksgiving morning. I am about to upload my final snapshot to this blog before clicking publish. It’s been quite a perceptive month as I’ve taken on this creative project of thankful reflection. I’ve had 86,400 seconds each day and in many of those seconds, I’ve tried seeing the world around me through the perspective of positivity while embracing the art of gratitude. Even on the bad days, when I wasn’t feeling very thankful, I looked deeper than the surface for something to be praised. It was an invaluable experience and I hope to keep this momentum going indefinitely. For these last 27 days, I was consciously thankful…
… for all of our appliances, because life would be far less convenient without them.
… for our reliable car, that kept me warm and dry as I commuted to church on this bone-chillingly cold and dreary morning.
… for the strength of these weathered mums, that after being tossing around during numerous storms, they stand as a reminder to be strong against raging winds & rain.
… for this rugged pile of firewood, for the smell that each log will produce as it burns all winter and the connection that has to treasured memories of my grandfather
… for small pockets of relaxed time, where I find peace in a moment that seems to stand still, even on the most chaotic of days
… for inspirational song artists, for the unbelievable amount of encouragement that embraces me every time I turn on the radio and hear their words.
… for delicious afternoon snacks, because I love the taste of a sweet treat
…for fresh, clean towels, that provide the comfort of plush cotton on your skin after a hot bath
… for my favorite pair of sunglasses and their glorious ability to protect my eyes from the glare of the sun
… for crafty ideas that inspire me to turn prospective trash into fabulous treasure
… for all the military personal and all they’ve given to our country, for all the freedoms we have because of the sacrifices they have made
… for each and every day that I’ve been gifted in this life, that no matter how hard any of those days were, that I’ve had so many more days to wake up and try again
… for fallen leaves to make leaf piles, for the smell and the sound of Autumn in New England
… for being part of a community of women who love doing crafts together, motivating me to create something fun with my hands
… for our fireplace, that it makes our home cozy and warm on those exceptionally frigid days
… for the spiritual awakening I experience when the right song speaks to my soul
… for the raw beauty of Christmas that lies deep in the heart of a child, when it spills over and infects your heart with its magic
… for Legos, because they have a genuine ability to stir the imagination, that we may begin to create something amazing from a pile of disorderly pieces
… for the significance of this empty pitcher, because I was blessed to entertain a group of wonderful people
… for the quiet of an early morning, when I can sit by the window with my daily devotional and just be in a complete state of calm before the day begins
… for the bond I’m forming with my son as we learn the guitar together, as my love for music is being passed down to him
… for the rich resource that is our local library, that along with thousands of books, they also provide an incredible selection of movies that add entertainment to my life
… for sunsets, that they are all uniquely their own tapestry
… for my hobbies and the inspiration that I have to turn something blank into something creatively beautiful
… for trips down memory lane with our old school game system
… for happy flowers that can make you smile just by looking at their festive petals
… for the Bible and the keys within that changed my life, for my faith that only gets stronger each day and a God who only gets closer
I wish you a truly happy Thanksgiving! May you always be acutely aware of every blessing that surrounds you in your own life.