Gratitude month starts next Tuesday! I am really looking forward to celebrating gratitude and taking the time to slow down and step back to enjoy life a little more. I don't know about you, but the last few months have been a little chaotic.
Every year I designate a tree in my front yard as the gratitude tree. It's an opportunity to subtly get my community involved in giving thanks. At first, the project was about me. The first tree I put up was during a time of high stress in my family. We were going through a very emotional year full of a lot of hurt, and I was desperate to find some joy and peace. Thus the gratitude tree was born.
It was a bigger hit than I expected and the next year several neighbors wanted to make sure I was doing it again. It seemed that the answer to my own need for inner peace was contagious.
It's no longer just about me. Gratitude is a social emotion and this tree is a creative way to connect with those around me.
BUT, my tree is no longer enough. It's time for the movement to grow and that is where you come in. Would you be willing to create your own gratitude tree? In your yard or home, place of business, or other community gathering place.
Would you be willing to create your own gratitude tree?
There are creative and easy ideas out there if you want to bring your tree indoors. I've started a pinterest board for inspiration.
All you need:
- some form of tree (an actual tree outside, a branch in a bucket, craft paper, etc)
- shipping tags
- sharpie markers
- container to house the tags and markers
- signage letting people know they are welcome to participate
The sky is the limit! Be as simple or creative as you want. All I ask is If you are participating, please let me know. I would love to showcase your story here on the blog. Just click the button below and reach out.