A few blogs back I wrote about sending a note of encouragement to 5 people you care about.
Consider this blog a note of encouragement to all of you, my readers...thank you for breathing in this life with me!
I have a quick and easy way you can now go on to encourage and build up others this Thanksgiving. It's called the "Thanks Game." (don't worry it's not that kind of game. I don't like games either.)
Setting up the "Thanks Game"
- Set the dinner table. Each person needs a place setting even if you have to use your kitchen counter top, a card table, a random ottoman, and a discarded coffee table.
- Compile the list of guests who will attend Thanksgiving dinner.
- On individual slips of paper or small cards, write one name on each slip of paper until every person has a card with their name on it.
- Place the card under each place setting. Don't look at the names if you can help it (no cheating!).
- When everyone has taken their place at the table, tell them to look under their dinner plate and find a person's name on the card. It's very important that they NOT LET ANYONE ELSE SEE THEIR CARD! Do not share the identity on the card with anyone else.
- During dinner, they are to think of 3 things they appreciate or are thankful for about the person on their card. (Okay, if 3 is too hard or you have a gazillion guests, then just have them think of 1 thing.)
- At a time you designate as special, maybe at the close of the meal or during dessert or coffee time, everyone gets to share the 3 ways they are thankful for the person on their card. (hint: you may want to set out an extra box of tissues)
*photo taken with my firstborn during autumn of 2006 on a family hike at Grandfather Mountain, NC.