Twenty-Seven Days of Gratitude

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…

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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…

Day One

Convenience of Appliances

… for all of our appliances, because life would be far less convenient without them.

Day Two

Seasons in New England

… for our reliable car, that kept me warm and dry as I commuted to church on this bone-chillingly cold and dreary morning.

Day Three

Strength of Weathered Mums

… 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.

Day Four

The Comfort of Firewood

… 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

Day Five

Time to Reflect

… 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

Day Six

Completed Projects

… for inspirational song artists, for the unbelievable amount of encouragement that embraces me every time I turn on the radio and hear their words.

Day Seven

Afternoon Snacks

… for delicious afternoon snacks, because I love the taste of a sweet treat

Day Eight

...for fresh, clean towels, because nothing is more comforting than the feel of cotton on your skin after a hot bath.

…for fresh, clean towels, that provide the comfort of plush cotton on your skin after a hot bath

Day Nine

... for my favorite pair of sunglasses and their glorious ability to protect my eyes from the glare of the sun

… for my favorite pair of sunglasses and their glorious ability to protect my eyes from the glare of the sun

Day Ten

... for crafty ideas that inspire me to turn prospective trash into fabulous treasure

… for crafty ideas that inspire me to turn prospective trash into fabulous treasure

Day Eleven

... for all the military personal and all they've given to our country

… 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

Day Twelve

... 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 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

Day Thirteen

... for fallen leaves to make leaf piles

… for fallen leaves to make leaf piles, for the smell and the sound of Autumn in New England

Day Fourteen

... for being part of a community of women who love doing crafts together, motivating me to create something beautiful with my hands

… for being part of a community of women who love doing crafts together, motivating me to create something fun with my hands

Day Fifteen

... because we have a fireplace that makes our home cozy and warm on those exceptionally frigid days

… for our fireplace, that it makes our home cozy and warm on those exceptionally frigid days

Day Sixteen

... for the spiritual awakening I experience when the right song speaks to my soul, connecting me with my Father

… for the spiritual awakening I experience when the right song speaks to my soul

Day Seventeen

... 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 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

Day Eighteen

... for Legos, because they have a genuine ability to stir the imaginations, that we may begin to create something amazing from a pile of disorderly pieces

… 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

Day Nineteen

... for the significance of an empty pitcher, because I was blessed to entertain a group of wonderful people

… for the significance of this empty pitcher, because I was blessed to entertain a group of wonderful people

Day Twenty

... 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 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

Day Twenty-One

... for the bond I'm forming with my son as we learn the guitar together, that my love for music is being passed down to him

… 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

Day Twenty-Two

... 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 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

Day Twenty-Three

... for sunsets, that they are all uniquely their own tapestry

… for sunsets, that they are all uniquely their own tapestry

Day Twenty-Four

... for my hobbies and the inspiration that I have to turn something blank into something creatively beautiful

… for my hobbies and the inspiration that I have to turn something blank into something creatively beautiful

Day Twenty-Five

... for trips down memory lane with our old school game system

… for trips down memory lane with our old school game system

Day Twenty-Six

... for happy flowers, that they can make you smile just by looking at their festive petals

… for happy flowers that can make you smile just by looking at their festive petals

Day Twenty-Seven

... 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

… 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.

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