1,000 days of thankfuls

imageToday I hit my 1,000th day of posting what I’m grateful for on Facebook. And on Thanksgiving too!

One. Thousand. Days.

That’s a huge number — over three years of gratitude posting. See this post for an explanation of the project.

My journey began on Nov. 1, 2013, when I decided to start posting what I was grateful for during the month of November. One thousand posts later — I have no intention of stopping.

As I sit here reflecting on the past 1,000-plus days of my life, I feel a mixture of emotions. I feel joy, happiness, gratefulness and also some sadness. Three years is a lot of living and a lot of change.

It’s difficult to quantify the last 1,000 days of my life — so I’ll simply say this. I am so grateful I chose to keep going with this. I am thankful for each and every person who has read the posts. And I’m thankful for the project that I will now embark on — 1,000 thank-you notes. 

In a sense it feels like I’m starting over as I enter the four-digit mark for thankfuls. Embarking on another three years.

To my family and friends, thank you. You encouraged me to keep going and keep pushing toward this day. In posting about gratitude, I found a new way of thinking — taking even the most painful aspects of my life and finding gratitude. image

The following quote says it best:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.

 

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Changing the view

wp-1479566904201.jpgLast night I took time out for a change of pace — for a change of view. I admit I’ve had severe election fatigue as most of us in the United States do right about now. I was feeling pretty burned out.

So, a change in pace was in order. In the form of a high-rise hotel room with a view second-to-none. I’m also in the middle of National Novel Writin Month, so last night I had the perfect cozy writing spot. Since the hotel room’s walls are almost all windows, wrapping up in a cozy blanket did the trick.

As I gazed at twinkling street lights, I felt a deep sense of gratitude that there was so much beauty around me, but also that I am fortunate enough to be able to afford that one-night change of pace.

I took many photos (I’m pretty much a photo hoarder) and I realized that some of my photos were blurred — it was dark and holding the phone steady against the window wasn’t always the easiest thing to do. But I realized that even though the view was blurry, it was still there. Much like life — we have good times where the view is crystal clear and dark times, where it blurs out. But it’s always right there waiting for us to notice it again.

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Same view, just blurred

I am grateful for the view last night — and for the view in my life every day. I am grateful for gratitude, it has become my core — center of my being.

When you’re feeling burned out, a change of view might help — if you can’t afford a hotel room, go to a cafe or even to the public library or drive a different route home. Anything to change up your view a bit.

As always, I’m deeply grateful you chose to read this and that you choose to read my blog.

With gratitude,

Brandy

1,000 thank you notes

wp-1478367299645.jpgFor the past few months, I’ve been working on how to move my gratitude project forward, thus the transformation of my blog and blog Facebook page to “The Wandering Pigeon: Gratitude.”

As day 1,000 of my daily gratitude postings rapidly approaches, I have decided to reveal my next step: 1,000 thank you notes. And right now, especially in the election aftermath, the world needs this more than ever. (See this post for an explanation of my daily gratitude postings.)

A few months ago I had business cards printed and postcards with a simple gratitude message along with information about my Facebook page, encouraging others to post what they’re grateful for. A thanks and a call to action.

Again, the world needs simple, kind acts right now.

My mission is to get 1,000 handwritten thank-you notes out in the world — a project that will reach more people than residing in most small rural towns. It’s a bit overwhelming to think about.

I’ll post some of the stories behind the notes on my blog. I hope that others will be inspired to sit down and write a simple note of gratitude to someone as well.

I recently read the book “365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Gratitude Changed my life.” The author really gets it. I found it interesting that when I was considering this project (before I even knew this book existed) I found this book, reaffirming why I am doing this. You may purchase the book here. I highly recommend it.

Whether this project takes me a year or five years, I’m committing to it. I’m committing to thanking the kind people in this world for big things, for little things and for everything in between.

If you’d like to help, send me a message on my Facebook page. I’d be happy to send you some of the business cards to include in your thank-you note.