Monday, October 12, 2009

Gratitude Week Day 1

Today is officially THANKSGIVING DAY in Canada. It's also the start of Gratitude Week, which I will be celebrating here on my blog all week long with the help of my friends.

Gratitude Week is something being celebrated here in Vancouver. You see people are tired of waiting for the government to do something about homelessness in our city and they've decided to DO something about it.

I've posted one of the ads that's been running here and I hope you take a minute to watch it. It certainly got me thinking. Today's event is being held at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Everyone is welcome to come down and make their own cardboard sign stating what they are grateful for and it's going to become part of a wall of gratitude througout the week.

This is Christy, one of the organizers, hanging up our contributions to the gratitude wall. We were some of the first people to arrive so we got to get the wall started!

The Wall of Gratitude is located on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery grounds and will be there all this week.

They had hot Tim Horton's coffee and doughnuts waiting for everyone and we were able to make our donations as well. Later on, we walked back by the site to see how the wall was coming along and there were more signs added. I hope by the end of the week it will be full!

These are our additions to the wall. I have more things I am adding here:

I am grateful for:

- the wonderful loving, supportive, circle of friends & family I have.

-being blessed with universal healthcare.

-a warm bed, enough food and a hot shower whenever I want it.

-the talents I possess and being able to use them to help others.

-Indy, my sweet dog who makes me laugh and loves me unconditionally.

-the internet which keeps me connected to friends far away.

-having free access to books so I can feed my mind.

-a happy marriage. (We will be celebrating 19 years in about 2 weeks!)

- getting the opportunity to live my dream of being involved in the Olympic and Paralympic games.

-being finished with chemo. (I think it's one of the hardest things I have ever been through.)

-having my studio space to work and be creative in.

-good music.

I asked some friends to share with me the things they are grateful for and I got some great responses. I will be sharing them here throughout the week so be sure and check back for day 2 of Gratitude Week and feel free to comment and share what YOU are grateful for-I'd love to know!


sherry ♥ lee said...

Really really wonderful Lelainia. I love that they are doing this...we need to take the time to recognize what we are grateful for.

Today I am grateful that:

- my husband and son had a safe trip to take him back to University and my husband returned safely;

- that I can turn on the furnace when it gets chilly at night

- that I have extra blankets if I don't want to use the furnace

- that I have enough food to keep me and my family full

- that my eyesight is good (even with glasses) and I can read to entertain myself

- that I celebrated yet another Thanksgiving with those I love and was here to do it...

and that's just the tip of the iceberg!! I look forward to seeing what others are grateful for this week!! ♥

Sharon said...

Such a sweet post Lelainia. I know of Thanksgiving up in Canada, having a sister living up in Manitoba now for most of her adult life, but I am not aware of Gratitude Week - how nice.

Most simply stated, I am grateful for my wonderful son, my marriage of 26 years, and the ability to help my marriage and family clients as a therapist -- it's a full life. And just last week I am grateful to have published a little book which I hope will also help marriages: "A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage." Take a look @

Tina said...

I love that Pete is grateful for his daily coffee! Life is good.