Gratitude- November’s Supply for the Art of life
By Erin Carr – Communications coordinator and former classroom teacher at ArtSpace Charter School, educating over 400 3rd and 4th graders in her 12 years in the classroom.
Each month at ArtSpace a character trait or “supply for the art of life” is highlighted. Any member of the community can be nominated or nominate someone for demonstrating this trait. These nominees are announced during our morning announcements. In the month of November, the focus is on “Gratitude.”
Gratitude defined by Google’s dictionary is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” Hopefully most of us were taught as children to say “please” and “thank you”, I know I was. I know as a third and fourth grade teacher it was something I constantly reminded my students to do. Reminding them specifically it was the polite thing to do but also that acknowledging service is important. However, I believe there is a “higher’ level to gratitude than the platitudes of “please” and “thank you”. As a teacher I wanted my students to understand that a deep sense of gratitude can make many things in life easier. It took reaching early adulthood for me to realize it could save me from the “glass half empty syndrome” that I was prone to. To stop and be gracious for even a tiny thing in life can quickly pull you away from feelings of anger, frustration and negativity. It is an act of intentionality that leaves little room for those feelings.
Ms. Adina ArtSpace’s guidance counselor has put a cornucopia on the “life supply” bulletin board this month. It is an interactive board that invites individuals to write on a piece of fruit what they are thankful for. As the month progresses the bulletin board will fill to the brim with the fruit “spilling” out of the cornucopia. Clearly the ArtSpace community has a lot to be thankful for. The hope is as November passes the community holds on to this supply and leans on it when they need to.