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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Gratitude Project

When I checked in this afternoon and looked at the sidebar of the recent blog posts, I knew that something had happened that had reverberated throughout the dog blogs. Dear Penny had gone to the Rainbow Bridge. And while I had never met Penny and had not followed her blog for too long, I always associated her with her beloved whipped cream. Even at a very sad time, the thought of Penny and her whipped creamed face made me smile. And just in case I was feeling too sad, my friend Mary Anne Kirwan had posted a status update at Facebook that spoke to me. It's the Gratitude Project. I had heard of it quite a while ago, but her reminder had me quickly Googling it. And here's what it said:

In January 2009 we set out on a creative adventure, vowing to look for and record the everyday blessing in our lives. We were hopeful that the experts would be right..that focusing on the good things that surround us would make us happier, reduce our level of stress, and allow us to cope better when difficulties arose. Those of us who participated found those benefits and many more we didn't expect. We learned about one another, and more importantly, we learned about ourselves. And in the process, we made great friends and created an album of our blessings we are sure to treasure for years to come.

So why not in this very sad time among the dog blogs remember our blessings, remember the good things in life, remember that even though there is sadness, there is also joy. I decided to follow the lead of my friend Kir and for 30 days list three things for which I am grateful. Won't you join me?

Day One: 1. A beautiful blue sky sunshine day. 2. Great online friends and getting to meet some in person. 3. My soft comfy blue microfiber down alternative blankie on the couch.

11 comments:

SGR said...

Woof! Woof! What a great idea to do for 30 days. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I am searching deep and I have somethings to be thankful for too.
1. I am thankful I have a home. 2. I am thankful for all the friends I made in bloggy. 3. I am thankful my cookie jar is full. 4. I am thankful to those who help me smile.
love
tweedles

Salinger The Pug said...

What a nice idea!!! I'm thankful for
1. My nice family that smothers...er....I mean PAMPERS me!
2. Yummy foodables
3. All of my friends (bloggie and in real life) that I play with.

We just did a little tribute to Sexy Penny on our page. Mom's eyes keep leaking about her.

Love,
S-Dog

Those Elgin Pugs said...

dw ~

What a lovely and charming thing to do~
1. we are thankful for the love we have in our home.
2. we are thankful for our friends and family we have outside our home(and bloggy world).
3. we are thankful for our warm blankies and beds and stuffies.

Love... Josie, Izzy, and Anakin

Benny and Lily said...

Nice post for Penny
Benny & Lily

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a pawesome challenge/projekht!

I'm thankful fur my mom finding me at the SPCA that day instead of the other dog she khame to see!

I'm thankful fur my blog furiends

I'm thankful we khan help others in need

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

houndstooth said...

That's an awesome idea!

Winston (smilingpug) said...

This post makes me stop and think. Thank you for posting this.

Stubby said...

Hi dw! You are so smart! In the face of so much pain you should us that we still have so much to be grateful for. For that I'm grateful to call you my friend.

1. I'm thankful for my wonderful family. I wouldn't know what I'd do without them.
2. I'm thankful for all my friends because they are the best ever.
3. I'm thankful there's a Popeyes close to the house so I don't have to drive so far to get my fix!

Stubby xoxo

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Day 2.
1. I am thankful for this sunny day today
2. I am thankful for more walks in the forest.
3. I am thankful for the popcorn last night,
love
tweedles

Pearl said...

I LOVE this idea, DW!!

1. I am thankful for my family, who always, ALWAYS encourages me to be the best version of myself

2. I am thankful for our home and the people/pug inside of it- my favorite place to be

3. I am thankful for my job and the people I get to spend my days here with