I believe all things happen for a reason. I recently heard a radio interview with Sam Worthington. Sam was promoting a book launch; 365 Gratefuls by Hailey & Andrew Bartholomew. The longer I listened the more I was convinced I knew I needed to use my friend ‘Mr Google’ and find out more about Hailey’s story as it was sounding very similar to my own.
To summarize a little of Hailey’s story in 2008 she was suffering depression and was out of sorts with life. She realized, while writing in her diary, that she needed to find someone who could help pull her out of her dark emotions. It turns out that ‘person’ was a nun and life coach who shared with Hailey the secret to her happiness: it has everything to do with reflection and gratitude. At the end of each day Hailey was asked to reflect upon the day and to find one thing that had happened that she was grateful for. Although Hailey was only asked to write down one thing each day, she decided to take it a little bit further and to not only write what she was grateful for but to also pursue her love of photography and to photograph what she was grateful for.
Hearing that much of the radio interview was enough inspiration for me to find out how to buy the book and discover more about Hailey’s and others 365 Gratefuls journey. I have to confess these days I am more of an e-book kind of girl (I love finding a new book, downloading it and getting right into it) so I was a little disappointed to find that the book, 365 Gratefuls, was only available in print and that I would have to order it and wait patiently for the mail to arrive.
When the book arrived in my mailbox I was thankful (grateful) I had bought the ‘real’ book, for some reason it feels right to flip through the pages and hold it in my hands rather than look at it on a digital screen.
Armed with the book, as my inspiration, I have embarked on this grateful project as it feels like the right thing for me to do. I found the app, Gratitude 365, in the iTunes store and now have it up and running on my iPhone. My grateful journey started on 23 October and so far, so good! I have found photos and gratefuls that are helping me appreciate all the little things in life that generally I seem to take for granted. I am positive that I will surprise myself by discovering all the things in life that I am, in fact, grateful for.
“I am grateful for the memories of knowing you”,
“I am grateful to be alive and to watch this spectacular sunset”,
“I am grateful for morning cuddles with those I love”,
“I am grateful for friends, photo walks and good times”,
“I am grateful for my husband who brings me tea and tim tams at the end of the day”,
I am grateful for frangipanis for their smell is devine”
Please join me and celebrate all life’s treasures, big and small and be grateful for something new every day.
Until next week,