By Tara Dixon
I am a painter and a mother who lives in Brooklyn, NY. I am honored to be a guest blogger for Dancing Gratitude, and I am grateful for this opportunity to share some of my thoughts on gratitude.
In January of 2010, my eighteen-year marriage came to an end. That winter, an interesting thing happened one day in the studio.
I made a painting with the words â€œthank youâ€ etched in the final layer of wet paint. Using words and my handwriting was not new for me, but I was struck by this particular piece.Â I remember muttering to myself: I just made a gratitude painting. Always one to push an idea to see where it is meant to go, I embarked on making a gratitude series and returned each day that Spring to make another colorful study sometimes incorporating collage materials that I am fond of like shirting material and cut up cloth calendars.
Each small painting (12 x 12) was a meditation on different aspects of my marriage and my life. I was grateful that my husband and I had had a child together. (My son is now 15.) I was grateful that we all had traveled the world together. I was grateful that my husband had believed in me as a painter and had paid rent on my studio all these years. As the days went by and my collection of gratitude paintings accumulated, I realized that I was processing the end of my marriage through gratitude.That summer I decided to take 20 of these paintings and start a business based on gratitude. Gratitude Designs by Tara Dixon was formed.
I am sure you have heard the expression gratitude is an attitude. It is true. It is a choice. We can remain asleep or wake up to all that is in our lives, even when they are not going as planned. Gratitude is a muscle. It needs to be flexed daily, otherwise it grows flabby. Just like any commitment to a regime, even after practicing gratitude for as little as seven days in a row one can see positive results.
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