A Thanksgiving “Writing” Projectby Rebecca Joy
Here’s a fun idea found on AWomansHealth.com to help celebrate Thanksgiving with your family and friends. It’ll bring out that creative and thankful writer in everyone!
Create a Thankful Tablecloth
Get a large white sheet or tablecloth to use for the Thanksgiving table. Provide markers, and brace yourself for the chaos and fun that ensues. Before Thanksgiving dinner, have each person add his or her mark to the tablecloth. They might sign their name, draw a picture, write something they’re grateful for, trace their hands, or leave any kind of mark that says, “I was here.”
Save the tablecloth and add to it each year. It’s fun to read the tablecloth at Thanksgiving dinner each year and remember Thanksgivings of years past. Some people make the effort to embroider over the writing after each year’s additions, but permanent marker works just as well.
When a blessing is invoked, it changes the atmosphere.
Some of the plenitude flows into our hearts
from the invisible neighborhood of loving kindness.
— John O’Donohue, late Irish author
As a Phoenix firefighter for more than 26 years, now retired, Rebecca Joy continues to save lives and effect positive change in a different capacity. As creator of the Simple Awareness Method (S.A.M.). Rebecca is a social entrepreneur who speaks on mindfulness and conscious living. She is the coauthor of a recently published book, Classic Tales from the Firehouse: Firefighters’ Stories of Calamity, Courage, and Caring. Please plan to join Rebecca at the Tempe Public Library for a fun and educational program, “Tales from the Firehouse LIVE!” on December 13, 2014, from 1 to 3:45 p.m. Visit TalesFromTheFirehouse.com for more information.