Hello everyone! We have reached the midway point of Challenge #20. The theme for this challenge is all about GRATITUDE. As usual, I am going to share a little introspection with you all that I am also presenting on my own personal blog in my "Motivational Monday" feature.
Give ThanksThe concept of giving thanks is a universal one. We all have something in our lives which we can be grateful for. The list differs for each of us because we all live in our own unique part of the world. For some people when they get out of bed in the morning they can be thankful there is a roof over their heads. For others not so fortunate, they can be thankful that no one came by and robbed them or worse, throughout a long cold night on the street. And for many more, not hearing bombs go off during the night, can be what they wake up grateful for. There are many people throughout the world that have lists and lists of things that they should be thankful for, but never are. Then there are people who have so very little or are in pain or suffering great hardship, who make sure to say quiet 'thank yous' each and every day.
Regardless of your circumstances, I hope that there is still something, even if it is something very small, for which you are able to show your gratitude. Being grateful is a mindset. We can choose to show gratitude and take a more positive stance on things or we can choose to wallow and fixate on the negative. Being thankful, not just for the larger things but for the smaller ones too, allows us to fill our lives with love and appreciation. It reminds us of all the good things that we have going for us. No, gratitude won't make the difficult things we are facing in our life go away, but it will help to provide us with a different perspective. For example, I can complain about how painful and difficult it is for me to sit, stand and walk unassisted or I can choose to be grateful that I still have the capacity to do all three regardless of how long for the first two, or how far for the last. Most days when I'm within my home, I can get by with the assistance of my canes. While I have a wheelchair and scooter, I generally only need them when I leave my home or when I have a rather difficult day. Under different circumstances I might be in that wheelchair permanently. For today I'm grateful that I'm not.
Whether the act of gratitude comes easy to you or not, it is definitely worth the effort. Remember, everything in life that has any importance, takes hard work to achieve. There have been studies done that show the benefits of gratitude. They indicate that people who demonstrate their appreciation on a daily basis, tend to be:
- more full of life,
- more creative,
- have better exchanges with their peers,
- more optimistic,
- able to deal with stress and personal challenges more effectively.
Sounds to me, like reason enough, to practice gratitude on a daily basis. During my research, I came across this quote which summarizes some of those reasons nicely:
"In the face of demoralization, gratitude has the power to energize. In the face of brokenness, gratitude has the power to heal. In the face of despair, gratitude has the power to bring hope." (Emmons, 2013, para. 2)
So, why not try giving thanks today and everyday? With so many advantages to gain, what do you have to lose?!
Adamski, Carol . (N.D.). The Value of Practicing Gratitude. Available: http://gratitudehabitat.com/be-grateful/. Last accessed 16th November 2014.
Emmons, Robert. (2013). How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times. Available: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_can_help_you_through_hard_times. Last accessed 16th November 2014.
For Lynda's midway project she chose to use the image called Bella Picking Berries from our second regular sponsor, Creative Bug Digis. Such a cute image. Unfortunately, Naomi has had to close down the store; however, her images will still be available for DT Delight winnings and other sponsorship opportunities. They just will no longer be available for sale in the foreseeable future.
DigiStamps4Joy. This image is another perfect way to express gratitude as the act of giving someone flowers is often done, for saying thank you of some nature.
Ike's Art. This set showcases women of strength. There are so many women (and men as well) that fight for each of our countries, that we should be taking the time to thank. This image is currently located within the 'My Latest Designs' section.
Finally, that leaves our...
My name is Julie Odil, and I am thrilled to be guest designing again this month for the Path of Positivity Challenge blog. This time I am representing Digistamps4Joy. I just love this challenge blog and the philosophy behind it, so being able to guest design two months in a row is very exciting.She created this sweet card...
I love being creative. Whenever I have spare time, you will find me in my craft room, working on some project. While I like to use dies, paper (who doesn’t?), ribbon, twine etc. my favourite technique is stamping. I stamp on almost every project I make. On this project I used the Digistamps4Joy stamp “Diamond beauties”.
You can find out all the details about this card, and see what else I’ve been creating at http://muddypawsinkyfingers.blogspot.com
I’d like to thank Lisa and Path of Positivity design team for this great opportunity. I am filled with gratitude!
Clicking on the team members name (or in the case of our GDT, the blog name) will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations! Clicking on the DS4J or Ikes's Art watermarks will take you to the section of the respective store that they reside in.
Also, I know that the participants would love for you to go and pay them a visit. Remember we're creating a Path of Positivity to follow one project at a time and we'd love to see you somewhere on that route even if it is just by leaving a comment on an entry from someone who has touched you somehow with their project and/or post!
If you are new to this unique challenge, you can find out the impetus behind why I started it under the 'Introductions' tab and all the details you need to know in order to participate, in the 'Challenge Details' tab (both tabs located at the top of the blog).
LOOKING FOR ANOTHER MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE ON GRATITUDE?
If you need some additional motivation to help inspire you, I've provided another sentiment on this month's theme (the first is available HERE), free for you to download.
Left click to bring the image up into the lightbox in its full size and then right click and scroll down to 'save as'.
Credit Notes For This Creation:
This word art creation is in png format and published at 300 ppi. It is quite large in order to accommodate different programs that people work with. If you are a card maker you can always resize it smaller without distorting the quality.
Whether you are new and need to familiarize yourself with all the details, or a returning participant and just need to refresh yourself, you can always find out everything you need to know in order to enter this challenge in the 'Challenge Details' tab at the top of the page. You can enter the challenge by clicking HERE to take you to the current challenge post where you can also find a quick summary of the details related to this challenge, towards the bottom of the post.
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