As I sat on Bobble’s bed tonight, like every night, we listed the 3 things that made him smile. I make my son focus on the good in life everyday. But in the same way I try to limit him to snacking on fruit and vegetables whilst I’ve got my head buried in the ‘secret cupboard’ ramming a chocolate biscuit into my mouth when he’s not looking, I’ll only practice gratitude myself if I am reminded.
A dear friend of mine gave me a beautiful Gratitude bracelet for my birthday last September and last week I decided to wear it every day as a little prompt to count my blessings – it actually works. Each bracelet is created by jewellery designer Julia Cameron, best known for her intricate headpieces that deliver an edge to any look. Julia takes much of her personal and creative inspiration from Julia Margaret Cameron, a pioneering British artistic photographer and powerful, trailblazer of a women during the 18th Century and Julia’s Great Great Grandmother. She is currently the subject of a retrospective at the V&A Museum.
What inspired you to create the Gratitude bracelet?
For the past two years I have been practicing gratitude first thing in the morning. There is always something to be grateful for, even at our lowest points if we focus, we can find a glimmer of hope through our awareness of what we do have. If we have a roof over our heads, family and a few good friends we are richer than we think.
This does take time and effort like everything else (which is why it’s called a practice), think of happiness and gratitude as a muscle that needs daily flexing to grow stronger.
I wanted to share the message of gratitude through my work and discovered that the international symbol for gratitude is a ‘G’ within an infinity circle and thought it would be perfect to work into a bracelet.
Tell us more about your collaboration with homeless charity Centrepoint?
Centrepoint gives guidance to young people that find themselves on the street without the basic human needs we often take for granted such as family support and shelter.
I was recently shown around their new centre in Soho in London which focuses on helping people focus on expressing themselves through the arts by providing some fantastic creative facilities. Creating and experimenting with art has always been my way of getting over negativity so what better way to give back by donating towards the running of this centre.
What are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for my health and knowledge of how gratitude impacted positively on my life and those around me. In the past I spent so much time wasting energy on negative thoughts and self sabotaging rituals. I now feel fitter and healthier than I have ever done.
How do you respond to people who are unaware of their own fortunes and can’t find happiness?
They are simply looking in the wrong place. I believe that everyone wants things because they think they will feel better in the having of them but my advice would be to try and find a way to be content without attachment to conditions or material things and wthey will quickly feel their happiness soar.