The Gratitude Rock (the story behind the story)
This hub explores the "story behind the story" of Lee Brower and the original Gratitude Rock. I learned the story from the movie "The Secret" and it had a profound effect on me, so I decided to do some research.
Lee Brower is the name of the businessman who initiated the whole gratitude rock movement.
His daughter was struggling with substance abuse. They found a great facility that could help her. After an emotional good-bye, Mr. Brower flew to California for a few days to work and write.
As he walked along the beach, he saw a butterfly shaped rock. In his own words:
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, it is the parent of all others." -Cicero
Of course, you don't have to use a rock, any object will do. For example, my dad gave me a Canadian silver dollar a while back. He said he got it as change one day, and noticed that the year was 1966, the same year I was born. So he kept it in his wallet. He carried it for many years, and finally decided to pass it on to me. So I made it my gratitude coin.
Every time I touch it I think of things I'm grateful for. Sometimes if one of my children, or even a co-worker, is having a rough time I'll jokingly pull out my coin and tell them to touch it. They all know what it is now, and even if they don't take it seriously it as least makes them smile.
So get a rock or other object and start the "gratitude habit," it will make a huge positive difference in your life!