Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Time Travel Tuesday- Gratitude Luncheon


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
-Marcel Roust

Brunches. Showers. Holiday parties. Sure. I had never heard of a get-together just to say thanks for your friendship. What a concept. Gratitude luncheons are the topic of this week’s Time Travel Tuesday because it transports me back to the days before I became a wife and a mom when I made time to invest in my cherished friendships.

Paige, the host, gathered people who share her vision for her new business, One Minute Mommy . Paige teaches parenting classes to parents who recognize the importance of their jobs as moms and dads and seek some occasional professional development. She calls her classes “parenting parties.” Another concept I had never heard of before I met my revolutionary new friend Paige.

The menu: simple. The guest list: short. But oh, what a celebration.

Imagine the moment when everyone pauses to say grace and reflect on what they are grateful for. The moment usually reserved for blood relatives on a designated holiday in November.  Now, imagine that moment shared among friends and peers on just an ordinary Saturday. A moment filled with the richness of the most idealistic holiday gathering without all the pomp and circumstance.

Paige thanked each person for the experiences they shared together over the last year.  Maybe Paige should start a business called One Minute Friend for people who recognize the importance of relationships. The classes could teach how it doesn’t take long or require much more than a heartfelt acknowledgement to make others feel incredibly special.

When is the last time you thanked a friend for being a friend?

For today's "Sky's the Limit" on what on what you can learn.  Passive Voice. A writing tip from my writing workshop: If you can end a sentence with "by zombies" it is passive. For example: I was chased- by zombies.

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