When you are in a season of difficulty, which could be for a myriad of reasons, I personally find it redundant, useless and particularly hurtful to be forced into thinking about things we are thankful for. I exhausted this topic last week, so I won’t repeat much but I will say that today’s project idea stems from this idea of breaking the rule of the traditional giving of thanks, and stretching the definition just a bit. Maybe even stepping wildly outside of the box of “being thankful”. This project is for anyone having a hard time with feeling grateful. It doesn’t mean you aren’t grateful, but showing it, and actually feeling it is another story.
I invite you to wrap yourself in comfort with the things that are serving you this holiday season and create a garland of them. It doesn’t have to look a certain way, have particular colors or be extremely creative. You can use things from nature (twigs, leaves, pinecones), or clothespins, twine, fabric scraps, or scraps of paper.
Basically you’ll need some type of string, something to write with and a few things to write on.
This one pictured was a $3 pendant banner I purchased from Target’s “dollar” section, scraps of fabric, pieces of old clothing, a glue gun and yarn. (Writing on strips isn’t seen in this picture but you can write on any pieces you choose for your garland).
I love the idea of putting your sense of gratitude into something tangible because on those moments you are feeling especially low, you can look at this – and I highly recommend you place it somewhere you can see it often – and feel a lift in your spirits. You can even make a smaller version for your car or workplace if you drive a lot or on the go. Keychain anyone? 🙂
“It’s not happy people that are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.”
This statement is violently true, but the struggle is present when you find yourself in this pit, even if you normally are a happy person.
This gratitude garland is more of a reflection exercise. Instead of counting things you are thankful for (because they often hurt the most), reflect on some things that provide you comfort and nourishment – or as I have said before – things that aren’t making your world worse. Because sometimes that is how bad it is.
Here are a few ideas:
- thoughts that are helpful
- things to meditate on
- helpful or inspiring quotes or verses
- music lyrics that feed your soul
- environmental things that nourish you
- things you love to eat
- memories that make you smile
- movies and books
- feathers with messages on them (or without)
- write yourself positive affirmations
- quotes from movies and books
- you can clip photographs, magazine cutouts and images that make your world a more peaceful place
You can write one of these each time you think of it, or one a day. It also doesn’t have to be something that is confined to Thanksgiving holiday, or even Christmas. It can be ongoing, as long as it is serving you in your healing and peace.
If you decide to do this, please share pictures with us in the Uplift event page if you feel up to it or share on social media and use #upliftseries
Sending buckets of love and prayers for your heart.