comedy. For us, this practice became a lens, a way tobring our disparate experiences of the world intofocus. We found this lens could help us look deeply within ourselves and also look outward at thecommunity that was growing around gratitude.is.So what began as an introspective journey morphedslowly into an evolving statement of connection, afeeling that we were all, at different moments of theday, helping each other elaborate the speciﬁc details of life. The things for which we can all be collectively grateful. All thoughtful journeys have resting points,so here we are. And again, we’ve cleared a little patchof pixels to handcraft this little “book,” a work toexpress, to reﬂect, and to celebrate our small journey.Inspired by the natural beauty of Northern California,Liz’s artwork plays with distance and perspective totransform this often harsh and rugged landscape intomeditative scenes that inspire and invite contentment.Each felt construction was cut by hand, and we feelthe pieces evoke a sense of rest and reﬂection that compliment the gratitudes you have shared with us.These landscapes evoke the lens that gratitudeimparts. Imagine how resting for a midday picnic andperhaps a few cups of wine lend a soft focus to theremainder of your journey.This work was also inspired by our travels. In thesepages, you will ﬁnd a healing mantra that Olgarecorded with monks at the Institute of Tibetology inSikkim, India. We felt that this benediction capturesthe calming movement of experiencing a moment through the lens of gratitude. We organized the anonymous gratitudes andreﬂection into three sections: “Anonymous”, “Calm”and “Being.” Each captures a different facet of what we found in your offerings of gratitude. But again, thisbook is yours—Try it on, explore, play with it, havefun, and let us know what you think!
-Olga and Liz