Monday, December 24, 2012

12.24.2012 ~ tree of gratitude, tree of grace

This is my Christmas tree: an ancient, deceased cholla cactus (sans needles) that's been brought back to life in the spirit of Charlie Brown. A Christmas Cholla.

But more than that, it's a Gratitude Tree. For each day these past few weeks, I've adorned its knotty limbs with a paper tag, upon which I've written something for which I am grateful:

I am grateful for my friends

I am grateful for my awesome family

I am grateful for quiet mornings to write and paint and think and reflect

I am grateful for trees

I am grateful for birds

I am grateful for snowfall

And I am grateful to all of you who, despite relentlessly busy schedules, make the time to read my humble musings here. Knowing that you good people are out there curious about what I do and have to say, warms and inspires me.

Thank you.

Rather than me bringing this cactus back to life, I think it's brought a certain quality of life back to me.

4 comments: said...

Love your gratitude tree. What a great idea. Merrry Christmas.

Dawn Chandler said...

Thank you! I got the basic idea from Pinterest:

...and transformed it a bit...

Happy Holidays!

Karen Trulli said...

I think you are the coolest person I know. What a beautiful idea. Thank you for sharing! xo

Dawn Chandler said...

Thanks Karen; I'm honored!