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Melanie Peters
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Good Giving Weekly
November 22, 2017

Greetings 29 Gifts Community,

Welcome new 29Givers. Welcome back if you are returning to our community.

CAMI’S WEEKLY MESSAGE
As we wrap up November, practice giving from the energy of gratitude every day -- not just on Thanksgiving. Notice how freeing it is to give from your full heart. As your life fills and runs over with blessings, remember that staying grateful is how we attract abundance.

Be curious, enjoy the adventure of giving your gifts to the world and stay open to receive something unexpected from the Universe.

If you are looking for inspiration, reflect on these quotes about living thankfully.

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." Melody Beattie

"Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone." Gertrude Stein
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/301


What are you grateful for today? Visit www.29gifts.org and share your joy with us on our discussion boards.

29 SIMPLE WAYS TO SAY THANK YOU
November is Gratitude Month at www.29gifts.org. Check out our 29 Simple Ways to Say Thank You and Cultivate Gratitude. Have fun and get your give on with this list of ideas.

http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/301


NOVEMBER GREAT GIVEAWAY
You could win a beautiful 29 Gifts Mandala with “You are a gift” in the center. The Mandala was designed by artist Eileen Bradley. Cami Walker is personally gifting one print to a lucky 29 Gifter. To enter, leave a comment on the Great Giveaway Discussion Post by November 28th. The winner will be announced on November 29. http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/77

HELP US GROW
We encourage you to invite friends to join you at www.29gifts.org. Please also "Like" and share our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/29gifts. Use the tag #29gifts on your social media messages about giving and gratitude. Follow Cami on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker/


SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Giving is our goal at www.29gifts.org. To help in our mission you can support 29 Gifts. Sign up for free, then click on the “Upgrade Your Membership” link in the upper right-hand corner of the 29 Gifts Home Page for details. By making your voluntary one-time contribution of $29 or $9 monthly, you help us revive the giving spirit in our world. Be a change maker and support 29 Gifts.

GRATITUDE GREETINGS DAY
On November 29, join us for Gratitude Greetings Day. We encourage you to send a Thank You message to show appreciation for someone in your life. Be sure to share your Gratitude Stories on the Discussion Board. RSVP to join us in our efforts to spread gratitude and giving at https://follr.com/communities/29Gifts/event/50
Free, printable 29 Gifts Gift Tags are available on the website. These are terrific for writing notes of gratitude and sharing the 29 Gifts spirit. Click on Documents to see what is available.
Happy Giving!
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Cami Walker
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Welcome new 29Givers. Welcome back if you are returning to our community.

As we wrap up November, practice giving from the energy of gratitude every day -- not just on Thanksgiving. Notice how freeing it is to give from your full heart. As your life fills and runs over with blessings, remember that staying grateful is how we attract abundance.

Be curious, enjoy the adventure of giving your gifts to the world and stay open to receive something unexpected from the Universe.

If you are looking for inspiration, reflect on these quotes about living thankfully.

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." Melody Beattie

"Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone." Gertrude Stein

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." Meister Eckhart

"Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty." Doris Day

"The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it." Michael Josephson

"Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy." Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." John F. Kennedy

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Oprah Winfrey

HELP US GROW
We encourage you to invite friends to join you by signing up at http://www.29gifts.org. Please also "Like" and share our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/29gifts. Use the tag #29gifts on your social media posts about giving and gratitude. Follow me on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker/

What are you grateful for today? Share your joy and stories. Cick on Discussions, then Share Your 29Gifts Experience.
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Cami Walker
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This is an insightful blog post from Mbali Creazzo, the Medicine Woman who gave me the #29Gifts prescription. Enjoy. https://ourdivinemedicine.wordpress.com/2017/03/30/the-perfect-storm/
The Perfect Storm
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My invitation, my challenge to you here, is to journey into a deeper intimacy with the world and your life without any promise of safety or guarantee of reward beyond the intrinsic value of full pa…
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Rachel Robinson
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Day 6 and cool things are happening. Yesterday I called my mother-in-law by mistake. That's actually just fine considering I've had her on my mind for a few days. I had left a message with her for her birthday, but never called back when I knew she'd be home. I went to call my mom but heard Mom #2's voice instead. We had a really nice chat and it was sort of a gift for both of us.

Today I went to pick up my mom from work. Before I left I thought how fun would it be to stop and buy her a flower. How long has it been since someone gave her something like that? Well, I couldn't find any singles anywhere and a bouquet didn't feel right. So I thought maybe this isn't the gift I'm supposed to give today. My son is staying at her place tonight and I thought to ask if she'd like me to bring a coffee cake or something for tomorrow's breakfast. She said sure. Now I'm thinking, hey! I'm still getting to give to Mom and my son. Not just the coffee cake, but the time they're spending together is priceless. (I'm thrilled that he's 15 and still loves hanging out with Grandma.)

Here's the cool part. Having called my mother-in-law, I realized how good it feels to still have a great relationship with her and my father-in-law. Even though their son and I are divorced, they still love me and it's always been mutual. That phone call was just as much of a gift to me as it was to her. I didn't expect that. I also didn't expect today to find $60 that I had tucked into a jewelry box a few weeks ago and forgotten about. Giving with an open heart really does open it up for blessings to come back your way. Forever grateful and humbled to be on both ends of this giving experience.
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Melanie Peters
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Giving provides great benefits in our lives. Thank you so much for sharing you positive experiences.
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Great, thank you for sharing.
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Cami Walker
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Do you think the #29gifts book would make a good movie? I talked to my friend Bill, my screenwriting partner from years ago in Los Angeles. He is mailing a copy of the book to a director he knows. Send prayers and good energy. Bill and I wrote a screenplay years ago, but the book hasn't been optioned again since it was first released in 2009.
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Cami Walker
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Reposting Old #29gifts Welcome Video from 2008
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-Ae2oaTusw&t=230s
29-Day Giving Challenge - 29gifts.org
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Give one thing away each day for 29 days. Share your stories about how it impacts your life to focus on giving. Join the 29-Day Giving Challenge at www.29gif...
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Melanie Peters
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It is always so cool to me to see videos and messages from earlier in the 29 Gifts movement. There is so much inspiration that can be found in all the years of giving. Thanks for sharing, Cami.
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Gloria  Hass
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#22 - Walking Out My Faith with Numerous Dog and Pony Shows.
http://wayfollower.weebly.com/walking-out-my-faith-journal/walking-out-my-faith-22
Walking Out My Faith #22
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I am walking out my faith with numerous dog and pony shows. People jumping through hoops to scam you and calling it God, social media outlet restricting Christians more and more with faith based...
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Cami Walker
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What "counts" as a gift?
Gifts can be ANYTHING you offer with mindfulness and positive intention. Clean out your closets and give away clothes, shoes or handbags. Give material items, like money or food. Give time, smiles, compliments or simple prayers . Read to your child. Play with your dog. Pet your cat. Pay for someone's coffee or lunch. Don't forget to make some art and write stories about your #29Gifts experience and share them here at www.29gifts.org.
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Gloria  Hass
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#21 - Walking Out My Faith with Someone Who Has a Gloating Spirit
http://wayfollower.weebly.com/walking-out-my-faith-journal/walking-out-my-faith-21
Walking Out My Faith #21
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Walking Out My Faith with someone who has a gloating spirit. We know there are people don't always tell the truth to get what they want. For instance: You're a freelance writer and you bid on a job...
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Cami Walker
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In chapter 12 of #29Gifts I read a piece of prose at a friend's birthday party. My editor chose to only include part of the piece. Here is the full story.

River Rhythm
by Cami Walker

The green river before me makes me forget for a moment all we've done to it. When you see it from a distance, out of its current context, you miss out on its shame. The reddish-orange rusty hubcaps and sunken beer cans. It's sad, sad molecules now something closer to H2WhoKnowsWhat. The swooshing sound of flowing wind on water that helps to drown the sorrow it surely must feel when it remembers what it used to be. Underneath the surface, squishy bright green algae tries to cover the scars left by endless feet wading at its shore.

The yellow leaf that drifts by on top is a symbol of the river's hope that someday soon we'll all wake up and stop filling it full of muck. Even though I didn't know this river at its birth, I have a sense of its former self. Awash with happy flow. Crystal clear with life. Its memory held inside the rocks rubbed smooth with time and the tallest trees that have stood witness to its toils.

I sit here wondering what this river thinks about those who play at its side. Does it look up and see the little blonde boy with the red shorts and sunburned nose and feel proud of the joy it's giving him? Does it giggle when it tickles my feet? Does it wonder at the crazy family with its baloney sandwiches and fritos? Does it marvel at the lovers who've come to make out at its banks? Does it see all this happy activity and think the sacrifices it has been forced to make are maybe all worth it? Its pained state somehow ok?

I lean back on my elbows and close my eyes to ponder what this river knows about each of us. I bet it can testify to more of our lives than we'd believe possible. I bet it remembers the aqua blue headband you wore the day you met your husband on the bridge upstream. It could probably tell you the secret ingredients in your grandma's tart apple pie that she used to bring to the family picnics by the big oak tree on the north shore. I bet the river even knows that you used to steal packs of bazooka bubble gum from the corner store if the cashier wasn't looking when you went with your dad on a quick beer or cigarette run -- you in your yellow and black polka-dot swimsuit with the ruffle across the butt and river sand between your bare toes.

As I dose on the riverbank and let the flowing water ease my sadness, I think to myself what a perfect companion it really is to us all. It listens but doesn't judge. It understands but doesn't preach. It embraces us in familiar acceptance and reminds us that when we're all gone back to the earth and the light that made everything out of nothing, it will still be here. Flowing. Singing our song.
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