A couple months ago, I was watching a CreativeLive workshop on
creating short video stories. The presenter, Hailey Bartholomew,
showed a project she had recently completed titled "30 Days of
Gratitude." The idea was to shoot video every day, for 30 days, of
anything you were grateful for or found inspiring. Then, at the end
of 30 days, you would edit all those video clips together to
I loved this idea. At the end of 30 days, you could step back
and take a look at all the wonderful things that happen in your
I wanted to find a way to do a similar project for Saint
Meinrad, so I proposed interviewing a couple seminarians about what
they were grateful for and then trying to take pictures to
represent those things. Then I would edit the video and still
pictures together with music to tell a short story.
I ended up interviewing four seminarians and using pictures I
took from March 2012, when I started to work for Saint Meinrad, to
All four had great things to say. They were thankful for the
beautiful environment and the relationships they've built at Saint
Meinrad. They were thankful for the gift of the Eucharist and for
their growth and formation.
I'm hoping when you view the project, you will step back and see
all the little things in your life that you're grateful for. Just
as seminarian Stephen Hart said, gratitude is necessary for a life
of joy. Taking the time to see what you're grateful for will lead
to a life filled with more happiness.