Gratitude Practice in Time of Test

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -William Arthur Ward.


Rain Griswold

Sweet little houseplant

by Rain Griswold, Editor-in-Chief

Sometimes gratitude practice is as simple as looking around your space for the littlest of life’s blessings; those that bring you joy, peace, and comfort.

For me, that looks like a simple plant which represents life and perseverance in this trying time.

A comfortable place to rest my head each night, with a few cherished gifts from beloved friends.

A soft blanket crafted for me by a kind and gracious family member.

A quilt created with a heart full of love, including an embroidered message from my grandmother, whom I wish I could see most of all right now.

Some encouraging sticky notes and a beautiful pen gifted to me by one of my greatest inspirations and motivators.

A sweater and a blanket belonging to someone I love; my other, which reminds me that there’s something special waiting at the end of this isolation, and brings a sincere comfort and feeling of love.

A space for me to do my makeup each day, where I take time to pamper myself and feel beautiful on the outside, to inspire my inside.

A place to create; craft, paint, lay on my back and admire the beautiful tapestry on my ceiling; where I may transport my mind to somewhere different.

A bookshelf decorated with some of my favorite books, school supplies, a jewelry box, and other cherished treasures. This area reminds me that there is a life to be had and things to do, see, and explore.

And lastly, a to-do list to keep me in check and encourage me to stay motivated.

In each section of my room, there are decorations from loved ones and irreplaceable friends. Each day I look at these things and my heart feels a little happier.

Keeping your space as comfortable and personal to you as possible is very important when trapped at home and in quarantine. Find ways to keep yourself happy, sane, and safe. Don’t forget to reach out to your friends and family via phone, email, zoom, text, etc. Social distance doesn’t mean social punishment.

It will get better, we’re in this together.

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If you’re having trouble at this time, whether that be with mental health, physical health, or financial misfortunes, never hesitate to reach out to your teachers, school administration, other school staff, friends, neighbors, or anyone in between.


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