If you live in the United States, you know that tomorrow is the blissful, food-filled day of Thanksgiving. Although every family upholds their own set of traditions, I thought I’d let you in on a personal tradition (one I started last year) that you can follow, too.
There is a small, pale, wooden box that sits on my dresser. It’s nothing special on the outside, although I’d like to think that it holds special words inside.
At least once a week, I write prayers and wishes on a colorful sticky note. On this note, I typically address specific people in my life who I am thinking about. I’ll write a few words, fold the paper, open the tiny clasp on the box, and finally drop the sticky note inside.I’ve made it a personal point to do this throughout this year, and I’ve realized that my awareness for others and my spiritual connection have definitely strengthened.
Tomorrow, on Thanksgiving Day, I will open my Little Box of Wishes and sift through all of the prayers I have written down this year. In particular, I will account for the prayers that have been answered; I will then place those specific notes in a new box, one that holds all of my answered prayers and wishes. I am especially grateful for these notes in particular; I know that, by sifting through my box tomorrow, I will not only be reminded me of what I’m thankful for, but who I’m thankful for as well.
If you’re looking for new avenues of inspiration, try doing some sort of variation of the Little Box of Wishes tradition. I know I will continue it into next year.
Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!