Gratitude Rocks Motivated by Nature

Gratitude - defined as thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation.  A feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.  The Brighter Side believes that by having "An attitude of gratitude creates blessings".  And if you feel the same way, you'll LOVE these Gratitude Rocks. 

It all starts like this... Meet Susanne Alexander-Heaton.  She's the author of the Award Winning book called The ABC Field Guide to Faeries, which is dedicated in loving memory of a courageous young girl named Sarah Lisa Foidart, who lost her fight to a very rare brain tumour.  The book is full of love and passion with incredibly stunning images.  It's a book everyone should read, full of encouragement - urging readers to be kind to ourselves and this planet we call home.

And now, building on her gratitude, Susanne started (what she thought was) something small.  She hosted a celebration evening where she wanted to give her supporters a "thank you", Motivated by Nature.  Collecting from nature, she paid artists who utilize the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre to paint key words connected with each of the 26 faeries in her book on these rocks and give them away at the celebration.  And now, it's your chance to support these artists!  These Gratitude Rocks are now available through 6 stores in Calgary!  The proceeds from EVERY rock sold goes directly to the artist who painted it. 

Take a look at these pictures!  They're beautiful and full of love, passion, and dedication!  They may be a gift for yourself and your home to lift your spirits, or you give them to someone whom you feel would benefit from the message.  Whoever is on your giving list, let Susanne know how you (or they) benefit from the message on the rocks, then tell your story at gratituderockscalgary@gmail.com, which will then be shared with the artists who created them. 
Know that by purchasing these rocks, you will help the faces behind the words.  The Calgary Drop-In Centre philosophy is this "To compassionately be ‘the voice’ for the marginalized, disenfranchised and homeless population of our city. Regardless of the circumstances leading to their current situation, to be of service, without judgment, and to fairly and appropriately provide programs and support that assists each individual in their efforts to move forward with their lives."  And with your support to Gratitude Rocks, you could be lifting these artists spirits.  Letting them know their words touch home with you and those you give them to. 

How many people in our city are affected by homelessness?  Read the statistics here.  And each and every person who is at the Drop-In Centre has their own stories, their own life lessons.  Get to know these artists behind the words they've written on these Gratitude Rocks.  Their words speak volumes.  And with your support, who knows, the next word they paint might just be SMILE!

Gratitude Rocks are available for purchase in Calgary at these locations:

7th Chakra 1301-17 Avenue SW, phone 403-668-1743
Glenbow Museum Shop130 9 Avenue Southeast, phone 403-268-4100
Self Connection Books 125-4611 Bowness Rd NW, phone 403-284-1486
Soul Food Books 3-213 19 St NW, phone 403-270-0410
The Divine Mine 222, 11566 – 24th Street SE, phone 403-279-9555
Our Angels Centre for Well Being #3 2009-33 Ave SW (Marda Loop), phone 403-226-7665

For more on The Drop-In Centre visit them online at www.thedi.ca
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  1. Thank you Christina for doing this beautiful write up on the Gratitude Rocks Project. Thanks for helping to change the face and stigma of homelessness. We all have something to give. By giving, we all receive. In humble gratitude to you.

  2. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.

    Homeless Calgarians have lost their families, their jobs and their homes. But with your help, they don't have to lose hope.