Many years ago now, I was at the life celebration of a dear friend who was taken from this world far too young. We were all doing our best to maintain our composure, and express the happy, positive attitude that our friend epitomized… when a song she had chosen by the artist Dido began to be played.
“I want to thank you for giving me the best day of my life
Oh just to be with you is having the best day of my life”
Here we were, gathered to express our gratitude for her beautiful life, and in the midst of our grief, she thanked us. It was a powerful moment, a devastatingly beautiful and emotional moment… and an experience that will never leave me. It taught me a critical lesson in the enormous power and strength of gratitude.
We are very close to the end of the 30 day challenge… and I wanted to take time now, before it is all over for another year, to make up a gratitude bracelet. This design is composed entirely from beads that have been gifted to me. Of course, there are too many beads from my lovely community of Trollie Friends to fit them all on just one bracelet…but this composition can be a symbol of all the love that can be carried on each of our bracelets.
Clockwise from clasp: “Chess Lock – from Melanie”, “Unique Amber – from Lisa”, “Heart – from Greg”, “Unique Glass – from Krista”, “Ball of Yarn – from Nadine”, “Unique Amber – from Nadine”, “Unique Artisan Bead – from Georgina”, “Unique Glass – from Paddy”, “Deck of Cards – from Trollbeads Denmark”, “Violet Petals – from Lisa”, “Retired Turquoise Dot – from Melanie”, “Unique Glass – from Laurie”, “Paradise Birds – from Phillis”, “Unique Glass – from Cristi”, “Unique Glass – from Trollbeads Denmark”, “Unique Glass – from Lisa”, “Smiling Cylinder – from Eric”, “White Steel – from Rob”, “Zanzibar – from Greg”, “Rosa Pearl – from Nadine”.
To all of you who have contributed to both my collection of beads, and my collection of beautiful days… Thank you.