What if we could change the conversation?
There’s a lot of negative talk going around right now and it hurts my heart. It’s on the news. It’s on social media. It’s even cropping up in our day-to-day conversations.
We are a little more angry. A little more abrasive. A little more in your face.
A little more negative. A little more confrontational.
Some would say this is hard to stop. It reflects what is going on in our world, and that’s just how it’s going to be.
That’s simply not true.
I have this idea, and I hope you buy in. I really, really hope you buy in. Do you remember that movie, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants?
Carmen buys a pair of jeans at a thrift shop. They magically fit Carmen and her three best friends, even though they have different body types. They are separated for a summer, so they decide to send the pants to each other. The pants are symbolic of their support for each other as they all go through crucial life experiences.
I want to do something crazy.
I’m proposing a Traveling Thank You.
I know it sounds silly, but it’s not. In fact, intentional gratitude is a form of spiritual warfare. We aren’t afraid to show our real lives (not the FB or Instagram version), but also what we are thankful for in the midst of our real life or situation.
We are all separated by culture, distance, experiences, age, and background, but gratitude bonds us. We share something significant.
We are women who love Jesus. We are women who long to make a difference! We have real lives, and real issues, and we can support each other even when life feels super negative.
I believe that a Traveling Thank You can change the conversation.
In our own hearts first. On social media. Perhaps within our family. Among friends.
Here is how this week of Traveling Thank You works:
- Think of one thing for which you are thankful. Even in the mess. Even in a hard place. Whether it’s a great day or a not-so-great day.
This is what my friend Cindy said: My laundry room is a mess. I am thankful for clothes, and the people that wear them.
- Like Cindy, create your “thankful” thought. It can be funny, wise, raw, witty, snarky. Just be you. Just be real. Be brief.
- Next, you will share it as a Facebook post. Or text it to a friend. Tweet it. Instagram it. Whatever works for you.
- Then challenge them to share their own thankful thoughts, and challenge others.
You can do this however you want, but here’s some scripts if you need one!
Cut and paste this. Personalize it. Decide who you’ll challenge. Send it.
NOTE: If you want to add a photo, that’s a lot of fun. This is one that showed up in my personal newsfeed today. I loved it!
INSTAGRAM OR PINTEREST
Share the jpg. [Right click over image to download].
In the body of your Instagram post: [Your thankful thought.] What are you thankful for? Pass it on. #livingalifeofthankyou #arkansas [hashtag: where you live] wp.me/p4jbdw-3VT
[Share your thankful thought.] Hey friend, what are you thankful for today? Tell someone today.
Let’s do this!
Okay friends, I’m pretty pumped about this! Let’s change the conversation.
Let’s change our own conversation. Our lives aren’t perfect. There is a lot of junk going on. There’s a lot of negative noise. We won’t pretend that it’s not hard, but we are on an adventure to live a life of thank you.
We are connecting across distance, cultures, and experiences to form a bond of gratitude.
We are looking for the good.
We are thanking God for the good.
We are becoming the good.
We live an honest life where we tackle hard stuff, but aren’t afraid to thank God for the miracles right in front of us.
Are you ready? Let’s do this!
I hope this circles around the world and back.
Day #6 of Living a Life of Thank You
Your challenge is to join the challenge!
I want to hear how you shared it. I’d love to hear how far it went. Maybe you start with a friend, or a loved one, on social media, or by text. Tell me where you live!
I want you to share here the thing you are thankful for in the comments below.
If posting on social media feels hard to you, just click and tweet the message below.I am thankful that I can change the conversation. #livingalifeofthankyou wp.me/p4jbdw-3VT Click To Tweet
Love you like crazy. I really do! ~ Suzie