How a Chalkboard on the Street of Downtown Terre Haute Taught a Lesson in Gratitude

I was walking through downtown Terre Haute and this chalkboard outside the Swope Art Museum caught my eye. It said “I’m thankful for…” Anyone who walked by was encouraged to write their answer.

Some of the answers are things one might expect (family, God, friends, my life). But it was all the other answers that made me smile. Things like: big brains (because someone crossed off butts and added their take); the sun shining today; people with vision for the future; my walk to work, passed this lovely museum; and Stevie Nicks.

I love this for so many reasons. But most of all because it reminded me that no matter who we are or what we believe individually – or how horrific the world can be at times – we are all human, and thankful for these pieces of meaning in life. Thank you Swope for this reminder of humanity in our small town!

Leah R. Singer is a freelance writer and editor. She is known for uncovering unique angles and hidden gems, and then creating clear and compelling communication that creates impact. Leah writes stories about life in Terre Haute, Indiana to help people understand individuals living in Middle America and outside the coastal bubble. She is the former managing editor of the Red Tricycle Spoke Contributor Network, and also writes for USA Today, Huffington Post, Babble, Parent.co, Today Show Parenting, Scary Mommy, Indianapolis Star, Terre Haute Living, Beyond Your Blog, and many other publications.

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