While the format for this column is usually question and answer, I’ve been asked to write about an upcoming event that’s very near and dear to my heart. Along the way I’ll also be able to talk about the topic that’s also near and dear to my heart: thankfulness.
About two years ago, I was daydreaming about what gift I wanted to give back to the community. I’ve lived here in Fargo since 1985, and I have met thousands of great people, have attended countless events and functions and have put on countless events and classes. But when I have put on my events, I have usually charged for them. So, my initial thought was to give back to the community by offering a free event for everyone.
But I didn’t get it done. Then my mom got sick, and we spent a rough year in the car and in the hospital, until she died last summer. I was so overcome with the generosity, love and support of not only my friends but of many strangers as well. I felt such gratitude that again my notion of doing something to give back to the area floated up to the surface again.
Then the economy crashed! Well, people aren’t spending as much money as before, aren’t laughing quite as much, aren’t quite as lighthearted anymore, and then it hit me—why not have a free event to not only thank everyone who’s just intrinsically fabulous but also to give a gift to all who come (to counterbalance the feeling of lack the recession has fostered) and to just plain have a good time. So, the idea for the Thankfulness Party was born, and with the help of the High Plains Reader, Zandbroz, and my sweet friends Melissa Schaff, Connie Bjerk, Charmaine Schmidt, Tracy Green and the FM Symphony, the party is almost here!
The party is on Tuesday, April 28 at Zandbroz from 6-8 p.m. It’s open to the public, and you’re free to bring guests. Everyone in attendance will get a gift valued around $20, just for coming. There will be coffee and treats. I’ll be introducing all of the wonderful people who’ve donated gifts, then giving people their “spiritual gifts” in the form of a quick intuitive reading. Unfortunately, not everyone will get a chance to receive their spiritual gift from me, so I’ll be offering the chance to sign up for a short e-mail reading for only $10. All proceeds from that go to Impact Give Back.
This is a great chance to kick back, have some fun, meet other great people, laugh, and eat some great treats. It’s not only free but you actually get a gift for coming. There will plenty of time to chat and mingle as well.
I’ve been asked why I wanted to do this, and how did I ever come up with the idea. Well, it seems to me that a lot of life is driven by a desire to get things—whether it’s money or possessions—and there’s not a lot of energy behind just gathering for the fun of it or gathering without a specific agenda. That was the idea behind my goddess gatherings I started 20 years ago, and that continues to be a driving force in my life to this day. Something inside me shifted a few years ago, and I became more interested in helping people and bringing them together and less concerned about making money or making a name for myself. The emphasis is more on how can I make the world a happier place, how can I spread joy, and what will help people the most right now. Nurturing, giving, supporting, inspiring—those are the themes of the party.
I am in a constant state of thankfulness about everything in my life, and I want to extend that enthusiasm out to a broader audience. The emotion of thankfulness has a really high frequency, and that not only makes you feel good, it also helps everyone you come in contact with. So we can help spread this good feeling by first feeling thankful and gathering with others of like mind, then going out into the world to share the love with everyone else.
Although this party is not related to the flood, I have to admit it’s pretty good timing. All ages are welcome, and it looks like it’s shaping up to be quite a great time. So join us if you can, and be sure to bring a smiley disposition, but if that’s asking too much, then just be open to the fact that you may feel a lot better when you leave the party than when you came. And for that, you should be thankful! See you next Tuesday.
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