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Power of a wishing tree

I took this photo last Saturday while at the Farm at South Mountain. They have a huge “wishing tree” that is covered with knitted pieces in a rainbow of colors. There are huge pockets so you can write down your wish and tuck it in. My favorite? The tags with engaging quotes that hang from each branch.

This one by Willa Cather was the first I read and it really struck my heart. These days I’ve been thinking and praying so much about my dad and his fight with cancer. He truly has lived up to this quote. He is filled with so many funny stories about his travels and experiences.

It is a crime for any of us to even think we lead a boring life. If you really stop and break it down, each portion of the day can translate into a juicy slice-of-life tale to share on your blog, at the dinner table, for a class assignment, a scrapbook, for your (future) grandkids, etc. Don’t be shy! Write down the scene, save it for the right time to share it. Keep it in your journal, or your computer files. It will be your own little time capsule, that will make a priceless gift!

I’ve spent the last six years blogging about my husband and kids (and pets!), but I’ve decided to also write down all the memories I have of my pop. Don’t get me wrong, despite the health issues, he is always up and about doing his thang. Nothing will slow him down! But I know someday my brain is going to fry and I don’t want the life projector in my head to go fuzzy before I journal all my favorite flashbacks.

Think about it. We are currently experiencing an amazing journey, first hand. Document it. You don’t have to be a glorious writer or storyteller. All you have to do is take account of the moment. Share it in a tape recorder, on video, or scribble it down on a piece of paper.

Another idea is to make your own wishing tree. Beautify a tree in your back yard with handmade tags with inspiring words and ornaments. Add a knitted or crocheted belt with pockets, so you can jot down and plant your wishes.

Do me a favor and savor this quote by Willa Cather: Let your fiction grow out of the land beneath your feet!

Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Power of a wishing tree”

  1. This was a beautiful post. I love the quote you shared. A prayer for your father and for you. Your future generations are lucky to have you to mark these memories, capture them for those little ones that will follow. I so regret not having picked my grandfathers brain more often. And now remember many of the tall tales he spun and cherish those memories much more.

  2. The Japanese have this a holiday in July called Tanabata. They do this thing where you write your wish and hang it on a tree. It’s amazing to read other people’s wishes, no?

  3. This is so inspiring. You got me thinking about some memories that are precious to me. I use to journal quite often, but for the last couple of months or so I stopped. Thanks for motivating me to start journaling again. I love that quote to.

  4. Kathy,

    You are such a beautiful person and so inspiring! Thank you for being you..since I have been following your blogs etc, you have brought joy to my life and others as well. Your work has become a ministry of friendship, inspiration and love…oh and of course, creativity!!!!
    Much Love,

  5. I just love reading your blog when I get the chance, but this post was so moving so inspiring. I’ve decided to create my own Wishing Tree! It’s a work in progress but I’m getting there! Thanks for your beautiful inspiration and for all you give.Blessings Chica!


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