A spread should give you insight into areas of your life both good and bad. If we only focus on what we need, we can lose sight of what to be grateful for. Here in the United States we celebrate a Fall holiday called Thanksgiving.
But did you know that Americans don’t have a lock on this holiday? Eight countries total celebrate a Thanksgiving meal. They are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Korea, Liberia, Switzerland and, of course, the US.
I don’t know how they do it in other countries, but my family’s tradition involves cooking up your best dish then sharing with friends and family. We follow that up with watching football and parades.
Here is a spread to help you digest what areas of your life to be grateful for and what areas you may to attend more.
The layout is mean to look like a table with loved ones around it.
- Turkey — What sustains you. This is the meat of your life. Don’t be surprised if you find an unusual answer here. It may not be what you expect.
- Stuffing— What completes you. This is the extra side of life that makes everything just better.
- Cranberry Sauce — What you don't get enough of. Okay, I love cranberry sauce but if you hate it, you can replace this with something else. But this is something in your life that brings you great joy that you need to do more.
- Green Bean Casserole — What you get too much of. This is that thing in your life that you overindulge in. Perhaps this will show you some place where you can let go of some things?
- Bread — What you need to share. What do you have that you can share with others. This doesn’t have to be a physical thing. It can be a gift or skill that you have that can enrich others and sustain them.
- Pie — What you should enjoy more. And we all need to remember that it is okay to eat dessert. We hold ourselves back from enjoying life sometimes. This is a card to remind us that it’s okay to have one more slice of pie.
- Blessing —What your blessing is in life. I think this is a very important card because we need to count our blessings.
If you do this spread, I hope you will share it here in the comments. We’d love to hear back from you!
© November 2010 Stephanie Arwen Lynch