Remember when Peter Pan asked Wendy to sew his shadow on? the heart of the world speaks most fluently in a language of gratitude & beats in each of our precious human chests. Today, I’m asking you to be the world’s wendy by sharing your gladness so fully that we sew the joy of the world back on.
“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” ~ Kristin Armstrong.
Let love rush in. My Mentor Bernie Dekoven says you learn how to play a game by playing it.
Welcome to the 1000 gladnesses project - what awakens Real gladness, also warms our True hearts. Sometimes we try to “gratitude” with our huge, massive, totteringly huge brains and miss the soft swimmy swim of a heart that is moved by the simple grace of being alive.
This project is that swim. Swimmy swim on in?
Rules: It’s okay if all you do is read thru and just feel it. It’s okay if you read it outloud while lying in a love’s arms. It’s okay if you record bits of it to play back to yourself when you need some sun and sweetness. It’s okay if you choose to add some of your own gladnesses. (More than okay, it’s my Exact hope that you do, and that we raise our voices in celebration of our deepest joys and begin to activate our lives, our conversations, and relationships here, in joined celebration of the filaments of humanity that raise us up. It’s also okay if you just say no thanks and mail it on to the next Tender lame you know of.
It’ s not okay to keep it. This gift’s gotta stay in motion to stay a gift. You have five days with this, regardless what you do, and it is our deepest hope that it awakens something primal and glad and deliciously human in you.
When you add your gladnesses, begin with whatever number is currently circled on the cover. When you’re done, cross out that number and write a new one for the next person to begin on. Then mail it to the tender flame human who will love it most. If you are the lucky one to squeeze in the 1000th gladness, please mail her back to Castlehouse, 227 Simmons Rd. Burnsville, NC 28714 and start a new one if you dare (rip these rules off & include!)