During August 2012, a good friend drew my attention to an article published in U Magazine (a magazine inserted into Brisbane’s Sunday Mail newspaper) on a Brisbane mum called Hailey Bartholomew who had begun a 365 Grateful project and has since had enormous unforeseen success. Her words below:
It all began back In 2008. I was feeling really down. It seems strange now to say that because I can’t think of a good reason why I should have been, but I know I felt incredibly out of sorts with life. It was like I knew in my head I had it good but I really wasn’t enjoying myself!
Hailey started seeing a Nun who did life coaching and counselling. She told her that the secret to happiness was all about reflection and gratitude. She asked her to write something down about her day that she was grateful for. So she did for a while, but Hailey is more of a visual person and so rather than writing down things she was grateful for, she started taking a photograph each day of something for which she was grateful.
Her project grew into something she would never have imagined. She is now making a film:
365 Grateful is a film about uncovering what happens when ordinary people unlock the remarkable powers of gratitude.
I have had some recent challenges, hence my friend bringing this story to my attention. I think that Hailey’s 365 Grateful is a beautiful concept. We need to appreciate what we HAVE now rather than later looking back and appreciating what we HAD. So, I have jumped on the bandwagon and will be posting a photo every day for 365 days of something for which I am grateful. Day 1 kicked off on Monday 24 September 2012.
If you click on the 365 Grateful category on the home page of my blog – it will bring up all the 365 Grateful posts for each day so far.