Try A Little Thankfulness by Emily Lewin

16662922441_d0c37c9bb5_kIn the midst of packing to go to Charlotte tomorrow (for our Bright Ideas Workshop this Saturday, May 30th) I almost forgot my blog post today! I've been thinking all week about what to write and the number one topic on my mind is gratitude. I have found that any situation can be improved by adding gratitude. Without fail, giving genuine thanks, to God or a person, will brighten any circumstances, good or bad, but it is especially powerful on the bad days. Think about anytime you've seen a post-game interview in a locker room and the winning team is always overflowing with gratitude to their teammates and coaches, and it's exciting to watch. What is even more meaningful though, is seeing the interviews with the losing team and hearing their gratitude and thanks to team members and coaches, fans, and God. Intentionally giving heartfelt thanks on any day is a choice that will positively impact your surroundings, attitude, and atmosphere.

As creative people we often have these locker room type opportunities, though they are usually on a less public scale. We have wins and losses and we get to choose how to respond to each moment. We believe that no failure is final and that every mistake is a new opportunity for discovery (Manifesto #5), choosing to give heartfelt thanks in the middle of a failure is one of the best ways to turn it into a learning experience because gratitude shifts our perspective. We like to call this practice, putting on your Gratitude Glasses. Giving thanks takes whatever is in front of us, finds the beauty and value in it, and chooses to appreciate those things over whatever emotions we feel. Wearing your Gratitude Glasses is one of the best ways to get creatively unstuck because they compel you to search for beauty everywhere in order to have an object of appreciation. Whatever situation you find yourself in today, try a little thankfulness and see how things change! And come to our workshop on Saturday! :)

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11270267_10155545302660304_1004007486709715929_oEmily is a creative entrepreneur, born in the South, raised in Colorado, and loving life in Brooklyn, NY. As the co-founder of Bright Ideas she spends her time doing freelance photography, writing blog posts, drinking black coffee, experimentally cooking, laughing, playing minimalist puzzle games on her iphone, exploring NYC, and working a lot of odd jobs. You can follow Emily’s adventures on Instagram or Twitter, see what inspires her on Pinterest, check out her photography on Facebook, or read more of her posts here.