Last week I visited my MIL at her aged care facility and noticed in the foyer a Grateful Tree which the residents had made. Residents and others were encouraged to add to the tree what they felt grateful for. I thought it was a lovely idea and a perfect reminder that we need to give thanks each day and look at the positives rather than the negatives in our lives.
Gratitude was also the subject of my latest guest in my Over 50 & Thriving series, Shirley Corder, who has taken and written about the Two Thousand and Eighteen Gift Challenge. You can read about it here.
Although the photograph is not that clear, I wanted to share some of the thoughts from both residents and their families that were written on the tree with you.
- Being Alive!
- People who continuously push me to become better
- that I share such a special bond with my grandmother
- Love and caring
- For being here at Marycrest
- Caring staff xxx
- My beautiful family
- I’m grateful for the caring people around me
- Love, life, family and friends
- I’m 100 and grateful for my parents
- Sunshine and lollipops
- For health, family and friends
- Our amazing grandad
- I’m grateful for every day I wake up to enjoy another day of life
This was a wonderful idea to promote being grateful and as you can see, no matter what age we all value our life, family and friends.
I was reminded of a recent trip to an exhibition where I volunteered to go with the residents and help. I pushed a lady around in a wheel chair to see the exhibition and on the way home in the bus she tapped me on the should and said ‘Thank you for looking after me’. I had done nothing really but was touched that it meant so much to her.
We can all have a positive influence on others and our own lives if we feel gratitude, look past ourselves and our problems and try to give back to others.
The Grateful Tree is just another version of journaling, or comtemplating our gratitude each day. I wrote previously about a Keeping a Jar of Positivity where each time something positive or wonderful happened in life, you wrote it on a post-it note and put it in a jar. On New Year’s Eve you open and read all the notes you have written during the year.
I’m thinking of making one and putting it in my study and adding to it each day as a reminder. Imagine what it would be like after a year – hopefully bulging with gratitude.
How do you express gratitude? Would you consider making a Grateful Tree to remind yourself?
Let’s Keep Sizzling!