A moment in time at Able Baker
A blog post from Candice Davenport, co- creator of The Gratitude Graffiti Project.
So while my natural tendency is to express my gratitude in anonymity, I think I stumbled upon something profound as I am going through this journey with the rest of the town and I thought it was worthy to share.
I was walking around town with my son, who is almost three years old. He is the youngest of our three children. While I was running these errands and had a million things running through my brain I wanted to jump start the gratitude graffiti project at our newest partner- Able Baker. As I contemplated what I was grateful for I felt this little, warm hand settled comfortably in mine and thought, “how do I capture this moment that I am so grateful for right now?” And that is how I used the graffiti to outline his hand and commemorate that moment.
Now I will not go into how he had a tantrum an hour earlier. Nor will I say that once I practiced gratitude (and he was thrilled to have his hand traced for all to see) that life proceeded to be perfect. I think that is the point. When I practiced gratitude- for that moment- life was nothing short of spectacular. I saw how little his hand was on the window and felt honored to have the privilege to hold it. Reflecting on my older two children, I realize how fast those moments fleet away from you- but despite that, every now and then you still need a reason to take the time to appreciate how lovely (and heartbreakingly temporary) all of this is. And for this practice, I am grateful.
So go ahead. Graffiti the person you love on a window. Trace them with sidewalk chalk and write “Grateful for this person I get to LOVE!”. Write a thank you note. Hold someone’s hand. And be thankful for that moment of joy.