(*I’m happy to share this updated version of a post from several years ago with you as we approach another Thanksgiving weekend.)
No matter how stressed out, overwhelmed or in a funk I may feel…when I remember to be grateful for something or someone in my life I instantly feel better.
Even if it’s just 2% better that’s usually enough to swing me around to a more positive way of thinking and my attitude starts to shift.
There’s always talk of gratitude this time of year and I appreciate the reminders. Can we ever put too much focus on practicing gratitude? I don’t think so!
In the photo above I’m in on of my favorite Creative Oasis Spaces ~ Breckenridge, Colorado hiking with my mom and dad. When I look at this photo feelings of gratitude come flooding over me.
Instantly I’m grateful for so much!
~ Special times I’ve spent with my awesome mom and dad
~ Calling Breckenridge, Colorado my home away from home for more than 18 years now
~ Having the strength, health and desire to hike
~ Appreciating the majestic beauty of nature
~ Hiking boots that have served me well for years
Want a creative way to tap into your own gratitude quickly and easily the next time you’re feeling wound up, bummed out or knocked down by life?
Spark Gratitude with a Favorite Photo and Simple Creative Play
#1 ~ Find a favorite photo.
#2 ~ Set a timer for one minute and write down as many things as you can think of that you’re grateful for inspired by the picture you chose.
#3 ~ Take a nice deep breath and really let the words you wrote sink in and allow yourself to truly feel the gratitude throughout your mind, body and spirit.
#4 ~ Enjoy some additional creative delight: Set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes and let yourself play with some free-form creative fun inspired by your photo, your words and your feelings of gratitude. For instance, you might collage a page in your visual journal, write a poem, doodle or enjoy some other creative activity. Pick something that sounds fun, easy and delightfully doable!
#5 ~ Spread the love around by sharing your creation with friends and family via e-mail, text, Facebook post or snail mail. (Who wouldn’t love to received a gratitude reminder in the mail?)
Wishing you the very best this Thanksgiving weekend. I am so grateful for you!
All the best from my Creative Oasis to yours,