A Grateful Heart
I need to start this post with a deep breath.
It’s been a tough couple of days. My heart is heavy and honestly, I’m just sad. The result of the presidential election was heartbreaking and confusing and enlightening all at the same time. I know many of us are tired of politics and tired of this election season. I know I’m tired of all the hate and the ugliness.
I had this post planned for a while but the idea of a gratitude and having a grateful heart feels especially important to me now. While the future feels very unclear and pretty scary right now, I’m trying (desperately) to find some good. I want to believe that love trumps hate. But I’m a notorious worrier and over-thinker and lean slightly on the pessimistic sides of things. I don’t want to always be that way. I want to find the silver linings, the good buried within the bad. I want to hope for something better than what I feel right now—what many of us are feeling right now. I’ve decided that my response to these desires will be to have a grateful heart.
“Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take;
the larger kind we feel for what we give.”
Edwin Arlington Robinson
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably stuck between a state of shock and the question ‘what now?’ ‘What can I do?’ ‘What should I do?’ One thing you and I could do is to donate financially to organizations who will now need even more protection in these times of uncertainty. Here is a great resource for more information.
What I find equally as important is taking the time to look within ourselves and examine our own hearts and minds. One thought/feeling I keep coming to is gratitude. I’m grateful for my family and my friends. I’m grateful for the privileges in my life and the opportunities I have. I am grateful that despite being a mixed-raced woman, terrified and worried about the future of my country, I am in a space and a point of privilege where I don’t feel an immediate threat on my life because of who I am, what I believe and/or who I love. Many people are not in the same position and it breaks my heart. It also pushes me to act, even in the smallest of ways.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward
I want to share more love, more kindness, more support and more gratitude. I am an artist. And in good times and times of stress, I feel a deep need to create. And with all my jumbled thoughts and messy feelings, that’s what I will do.
My favorite part of creating is sharing, which is what brings me to the purpose of this post. Today, I’m sharing some gratitude cards with you all. I know it’s small but it felt important to share. I hope these cards find a purpose for you today and maybe help lessen any heavy feelings. Use these cards as a reminder to yourself or give them alway to those you love and are grateful for. Personally, I think this will help me move out of these bad feelings and into hope.
Here is a link to download and print the cards. I hope these will be used to spread more good. I know we face bigger issues in the coming days, months and years but I strongly believe doing something is better than nothing. This is my something to spread a little more goodness in my world. I hope each of you find some peace and gratitude in your own lives. We’re going to need it because we are going to need each other. We are stronger together.
Lastly, I’m grateful for this blog and my two co-bloggers Andie and Shannon. I’m grateful that an introverted weirdo like me can voice her jumbled thoughts, feelings and worries and feel safe and accepted. No one has thrown any tomatoes at me…not yet at least. Is throwing tomatoes at people still a thing? I’m not sure…ha.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate
on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”