This time of year there is many messages that remind us of how grateful we are to have what we have....no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. I know as I look back on this year, I often wished that certain things turned out much different than what it did, but upon further reflection, I am grateful for everything that DID turn out good...and even the unexpected blessings of those things that did not.
The one thing I can say despite all the things that I considered going "right" or "wrong", I am grateful for my creativity. Instead of taking it for granted, I continued my creative practice, and by doing so, I found that it led to me experimenting and trying a variety of differnt mediums, some I would have not ever considered trying. But most of all, by continuing my creative practice, it served as a self-care tool for me to express myself about things I experienced difficulty expressing verbally or in writing. This was the biggest blessing for me for this year.
As you reflect on this year, what are you most grateful for in 2018? If you are having some difficulty thinking of what to be grateful for, I encourage you to find some inspiration from the written word. When I read positive affirmations or quotes, that helps prompt me to create new things or think about my situation differently.
A few years ago, my friend and colleague, Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP who is a Cleveland area Registered Board Certified Art Therapist shared 20 creative quotes that that she offered as a "creative counteraction to fear, judgement, and shame during times of distress, suffering, and sorrow." I found these creative quotes as way of grounding me regarding my feelings of gratefulness and I thought I would share them with you.
And I will ask, as Gretchen did, what creative quotes or practices help ground you in gratefulness and generosity, especially in regard to your creative gifts?
Happy Holidays to You and Yours....best wishes for a Creative and prosperous New Year!