I’m a believer. When I was younger you could probably categorize me as gullible but really it’s just that I like to believe – in ideas, in events, in people. I like giving people the benefit of the doubt. I want to see the best in others. I make conscious choices to not get offended because I would rather believe the best instead of see the worst. I’m a believer.
As I finished up my “Project 365 of Gratitude” for 2009, I turned those 52 pages and browsed (again) through the snapshots of our year. I didn’t find it difficult to be grateful every day, but it was a little tricky to come up with unique things to take photos of. I am grateful for new things all the time, that’s true, but my gratitude runs deep for the same things every day as well. That became the challenge – to find different things I was grateful for each day for a year.
But in looking back I realized something. My book is filled with people. There are a few objects or scenes here and there, but far and away this album is a record of people. People who impact my life in big ways and small ways, on a daily basis or for just a moment in time. So often our needs are met through someone else – someone stepping up, lending a hand, giving a hug, offering a shoulder to cry on or the shirt off their back.
Thank you, friends. I have a priceless record in my Project 365 of Gratitude album but the real treasure is in my heart and my mind as I think back on the people of gratitude in my life.
What’s in store for 2010? Bits and Pieces. I put together my new album from Becky Higgins last night so that I am ready for the year (click here to order your own). I will be focusing on the bits and pieces of our lives this time around because I have other plans for my daily gratitude (which I will share next week with you). After using the kit for a year I have learned how I like to approach it so I have set it up a little differently this time.
I like putting more photos in the pages so I have already inserted the weekly date cards in the upper corner but instead of having a journaling block in every “small” space, I only used four per week – two on each side of the page. That gives me seven 4×6 spaces and four mini spaces for photos each week. I also decided that I am not going to use the Sunday-Saturday stickers. I’ll just write a date if I need a specific one listed on the journaling card or not worry about the date at all. I found that it was pretty obvious which photos I was writing about with each of my journaling spots last year so I’m opting to take that step out to make it a little easier for me to keep up.
Here’s the first page, ready for the photos that I have already taken this week to be printed and inserted. I can’t wait to collect another year of memories.
Next week I’ll start a new feature on my blog that will probably last all year. It’s called “Every Needful Thing” and I’ll tell you all about it in a few days plus give you a project to put together so you can share my journey with me if you want.
Thanks for being part of the people in my life that I am grateful for. Here is my last entry in my Project 365 of Gratitude. It truly has been a year of miracles.