Recently I found some inspiration at a lumber yard in Sanford. DIY projects are usually not my thing. But, if it inspires hope and healing for our clients? I'd even go to the lumber yard for that.
Howard, the sales guy said the lumber was recovered from old demo'ed barns in Tennessee near the Appalachians. I could see that decades of seasons beat away at the wood, distressing it with unique patterns of color and texture. Many pieces had cracks, knots, and rusty holes where the nails used to be.
Instead of going to the local landfill, they ended up here to be sold as "reclaimed lumber." I loved the idea that these broken bits of history could now live on as a family dinner table, some hardwood floors, a fireplace mantel, or even the "gratitude board" for our office. Seemed like an appropriate way to up-cycle some warped and cracked wood from the scrap bin. Overlaying our collective gratitude experiences on top of the old, broken lumber was the perfect metaphor for healing and transformation.
Gratitude is the best way I know to shine
light through the cracks.
Therapy is hard emotional work . . . life is hard emotional work. We all need help seeing the good. In fact, taking in the "good stuff" is a critical part of the healing process because it can change the structure of our brains. Through the adaptive process called neuroplacticity, our brain is constantly being shaped and reshaped by our thoughts and experiences. But, we've got to take in the good as often and for as long as we can.
In a recent blog post, one our clients shared how she was using gratitude to recover from the effects of developmental trauma and C-PTSD. She began by taking one photo from a single moment in every day. It was kind of an experiment at first but then an amazing thing happened. The more she saw, the more there was to see. We've picked up on her lead and are now doing the Gratitude Experiment at Seasons to inspire each other with some collective gratitude.
The Gratitude Experiment:
A Collective Experience
Share the good:
Snap. Take a picture of just one thing today. Something simple. A moment when you felt connected, present, and grateful.
Email. Send us your photo via email, and we will print and hang it up on the board. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring. Feel free to print your own photo and hang it yourself. It's your gift moment!
Notes. Words are just as powerful. Note cards are available to write it down and hang it up.
*We highly value confidentiality and will only share information that respects each client's healing journey.