So excited to have my friend Shannon sharing her gratitude! Take it away…
Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can come together. Marilyn Monroe
It was May 1, 2009. I was on the set filming a pilot episode for a new television show, when I got a call about my husband. He had been in a terrible accident .
It was three hour drive to the hospital. When I arrived they were still trying to determine the extent of the damages. It was about a week before the dust settled and I was able to take him home. For months he required around the clock care. It was hard for both of us but he was a wonderful patient. He was so grateful to be alive! I knew that with time he’d be able to walk again.
My days were filled with care-taking and maintaining my business. In November of that year, my niece suggested that folks fill their Facebook posts with thoughts of thanksgiving for the entire month. I loved the idea! I believed that seeking and sharing gratitude would help me focus on the good.
Each morning, I’d grab a cup of coffee and think about what I was grateful for, and post it on Facebook. At first, I simply wrote out a sentence that expressed gratitude. ( I must admit that back then, some mornings it took me two cups of coffee to get there.) Later, I added pictures. I found that by reflecting on a visual image, I discovered new gratitude triggers. Here’s a post from 2012: “Today I am grateful once again for half-full :O)”
Three and a half years have passed, and I’m still writing daily gratitude posts. I have found that gratitude is not just a “morning thing”, it’s a huge part of my day. Here’s a wonderful video by Dr. Christine Carter on Why Gratitude Works:
Christine Carter: Why Gratitude Works
An interesting thing happened when I started the visual component of the gratitude posts. Because I needed a picture a day to go with my posts, I have found that I spend my day on high alert for gratitude. I see a thermostat and I’m grateful for instant warmth. I see a smile and I am grateful that someone is feeling and sharing joy. This shift has left little time for me to focus on the not so pleasant aspects of my life. I don’t ignore the bad stuff, I just don’t live there anymore. (OK well most of the time!)
Fast forward to today and you’ll find me conducting workshops on gratitude and this week I’ll be launching a web site dedicated to the topic. TodayIamGratefulfor.me will offer free daily gratitude posts and inspiration to it’s subscribers. I hope to have contributors from all over, sharing positivity.
The accident turned out to be a wonderful course correction for me, and for that, I am truly grateful.
But that’s only one color in her crayon box, and Shannon like to create with them all. The rest of the time, Shannon is an artist, television producer/host, songwriter, author and goofball who carries her camera with her everywhere she goes.
Shannon ‘s studio in Hollister, CA is open by appointment.