The Best of Gratitude 365: January

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I never have been.

We were in Istanbul when 2011 handed off the baton to 2012. As I reflected on what I’d like to accomplish in the new year… and what I hoped 2012 might bring, I made a decision to cultivate greater gratitude in my life. I wanted to send a big THANKS! out to the universe because the universe has been pretty good to me and I don’t want to take any of this for granted.

I really like the idea of giving thanks as a daily practice and decided to express my gratitude publicly via Flickr. (Why not, right?)

And, to my surprise, I found that I had made a resolution… one that I’ve happily kept.

Here are a few things I have learned during the first month of Gratitude 365:
1) I don’t always have my camera or phome with me and, even if I do, I’m not really able to be in the moment if I’m constantly thinking, “How can I get a photo of this thing that I feel grateful for?” For me, the solution is to take photos of things that represent that for which I am grateful. An empty couch or a part of a painting… the stink eye.
2) As the month has gone on, I have begun writing more in the description of the photograph. My photos are becoming gratitude stories.
3) Where this project is concerned, I’m learning to let go of my perfectionist tendencies. It’s just not possible for every shot to be brilliant (or even good)… and that’s not what the project is about. What the project is about is: thank you… thank you… thank you.
4) I am tempted – every day – to take a photograph of our amazing school lunch. (No joke… the food at our cafeteria is that good!)

Here are my favourite gratitude moments from this past month:
January 5th
January 15th
January 19th
January 23rd
January 28th
January 30th

For what are you grateful?

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