A little over a week ago, I ran across 365grateful, a site that tells of a film that is all about a year-long photography project, all focused (sorry for the pun, but I'm sticking with it) on gratitude. Hailey (the person behind the camera) initially started the project as a way to help her fight depression, and from all accounts, it certainly did help her, and others who followed her lead.
I have wasted a lot of my adult life in bad situations that I didn't avoid well enough, others I didn't fight hard enough to break free from, and there were many years I just walked around half-awake. Always I was wishing for something more--some things tangible, and some more esoteric.
And now? I LOVE MY LIFE. A few years ago, my best friend's fight against breast cancer woke me right the hell up. I have made it a point ever since to never let fear be the reason I didn't do what I wanted or needed. I've got a million miles to go, but I've come so far, and I am so thankful.
I figured I would love to do a project like Hailey's. I don't do photography, but I do Zentangle. Why not use that medium?
So I started my own project, which I call my "Grateful Zed" tangles. (For those of you who are non-Canadian, the letter "Z" is called "Zed" in Canada.) I've done 11 so far, in no particular order of importance to me, but rather done as the inspiration hits.
And now the diva has posted this week's challenge, and I bet you can guess my "One Little Word"--
GRATITUDE: (n) A feeling of thankfulness and appreciation.
The "string" is in the shape of the "gratitude symbol", which originated with the Go Gratitude Project back in 2005. I just liked the shape.
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that
what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”