|My Gratitude Stone|
I recently read a book called 'The Secret' which is all about the law of attraction and how your positive attitude can bring good things into your life. It's worth a read with an open mind if you need a positivity overhaul.
Another book by the same author is called 'The Magic' and is a follow on from The Secret, all to do with gratitude and how being more grateful for everything in your life can change your outlook and bring more good things your way. The book is a 28 day exercise on how to be more grateful (perhaps it ought to be compulsory in the school curriculum).
So, Christine and Audrey, who work at the animal rescue shelter asked me if I wanted to join them on the 28 day exercise to see if we could all be more grateful and bring more positivity our way - I absolutely did so I downloaded The Magic to my kindle app and am now on day 10 of being more grateful.
You start each day with one of the daily exercises so that it sets you up to be grateful for the whole day (it really works because as soon as I find a negative thought crossing my mind I immediately counter it with something positive!).
One of the daily exercises suggests we get a 'gratitude stone' which is just a smooth round pebble that we can set by our beds so last thing at night we hold it in our hands and remember the best thing that happened that day. I had several perfect pebbles that I'd collected from the beach and, after selecting one, I decided I wanted to decorate mine and make it a little bit special seeing as it would be taking up residence on my bedside table.
I discovered that there's a gratitude symbol (a small g in a circle). So I decided to do my own version of it and several coats of paint and corrections with tiny paint brushes later (turns out painting symbols on stones isn't as easy as it looks!) I'm very grateful to have finished mine! I painted it white with a green symbol (green being the colour of the heart chakra which seemed appropriate for gratitude). I decorated 2 more and gave them to Christine and Audrey in gratitude for telling me about The Magic!
I'm toying with the idea of painting more and selling them in my Etsy shop with the proceeds of any sales going to the animal shelter (after all mother nature provides the stones for free). I also thought it might be fun to leave some in random places locally for people to find and it might pique their curiosity to find out what they mean and spread the gratitude!
So, something that I am especially grateful for right now - my mum made me this crochet granny square patchwork throw for my birthday (as I'd requested!).
Isn't it beautiful? I love it so much and have already asked her to make me another for the back of the sofa!!
I'm also grateful to everyone who stops by here to read my inane ramblings (even when I don't have any art to show you!) By the way, I am probably the last to know but I recently discovered Bloglovin' and the app on my phone is such a great way to keep up with all the blogs that I follow as sometimes I miss new posts and this means I never have to again. I've added the button to my sidebar so if you wanted to follow me that way, I'd be very grateful!