Be grateful for 2014…

“Gratitude makes sense of our past,

brings peace for today,

and creates a vision for tomorrow.

(Melody Beattie) 


#1picture gratitude (blue sky o’mine) by Priscila Mateini

This is my first post in this brand-new year, A year full of expectation, development and faith. Today it is a special day, in Spain we exchange gifts to show gratitude on Three Wise Men Day and in Brazil we called “Folia de Reis” where it’s celebrate in the countryside of some regions. But, why I am telling this story, It is just to start my post, it’s because one of my new friend Josette LeBlanc has post a very kind way to express gratitude and I have decided to do it too…

My gratitude for 2014:

Each day I will post in my facebook page pictures of things that make me cry (yes, it okay! we can cry for happiness), feel happy,  glad to smile and on.

Pictures that make me contemplate the nature, and also believe in the goodwill of mankind.

But, also I want to use words – which kind of words? Adjectives, nouns, verbs?.. Well, as I am a huge fan of Copora, I picked up the posts I have done during the last year and searched for the frequency of  some words and then I selected them, so here is the results of how it would be my gratitude in 2014:


(Worldlet by Priscila Mateini)

Afterwards, I have printed and cut each word and put it in a shoe box, at first I thought to use only words, but life is made by moments and these special moments can it be on a train, at the museum or buying an ice-cream or candy.

The shoe box is going to be like these two pictures:



(image @pmateini)

So, I have included some object that made me feel gratitude somehow in 2013. As an example,  The Subway ticket I had a great time at Penn Station in New York, I helped a lot of people that were lost and a gentle lady helped me to do a collect call to Brazil (I ‘ve just realized that I was out of battery and I needed to call home to say that I had a safe trip)!

But, What is the purpose for doing that?  

And what else I could do it with this gratitude idea? Meanwhile, I was cutting the words, I had a brainstorm! Wow I can use this as an activity in my classroom, my students could talk about their resolutions for 2014 or … That’s the conception of this activity.

When I finished the gratitude for 2014, its came to my mind:  “This is going to be my first activity when I come back to school!” it’s so inspirational and also it will engage my students to comunicate and share what they have done during the holidays and their vacation. I felt so happy that I have to write it!  So, with an amazing atittude, an idea come to life!

Nevertheless, I feel gratitude to have such good friends that inspire us all the time to improve ourselves, once again by the hands of Rose Bard, I met Josette LeBlanc and her touching attitude to be grateful!

I feel gratitude to share this idea to you…

Once again, I feel gratitude to meet Josette LeBlanc!