Monday, November 12, 2012

Take What You Need

So I've recently discovered these Take What You Need posters. It all started with me seeing this image on Pinterest.
I thought it was just so sweet. And kind of lovely. It made me think of days that are darker, and how little things like that make the difference. So I pulled out a piece of paper and some different colored pens and made one. For the things on the slips of paper, I just used the list that I saw on pinterest. And guess what? People took what they needed. In fact, after a few days it looked like this:
So anyway, it seemed like a good project. So I made one for Kat and one for Alex and mailed them each one. It made me happy to make them a present and send it to them. I love those girls.
(Yes, there's a condom on theirs. Because what you don't need is an STD).
I thought about the posters for a while. I wasn't sure why I liked them so much instantly. I think it's a two-fold answer:
First, it's a small act of generosity for someone else. The point isn't that someone can pull something off the poster and get it magically. The point is that you can pull it off and know that someone wishes you well. It's a kind of reminder that you're not entierly alone in the world. Someone else cares enough to make a poster. In fact, I think that was why my initial reaction was so strong. More than anything, the poster and the slip of paper convey a really simple message of love and connectedness.
The second reason I like them is that I think it's a small act of faith. It reminds me of that thing people do, where they write down the miracles they need and hang them around the house. If I'm remembering my young women's lessons correctly, it comes from Mark 11:22-24:
And Jesus answering saith unto them, have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thous moved, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 
It's not the same thing, but it kinda is. It's taking the slip of paper that represents the thing you need and believing it will come. If that makes sense.
I just quoted scripture in a blog post today. I may be a Mormon yet.
So at any rate, I made a poster for myself. Because I need things too. I spent some time deciding what I wanted to put on the slips. Then I put some of my favorite super cliche phrases on it, too. It lives in my closet, and seeing it every morning makes me happy.
It took me a while to generate a list I liked, but here's what I ended up with:
Love. Faith. Patience. Courage. Understanding. Peace. Healing. Beauty. 
Strength. Freedom. Forgiveness. Kindness. Service. Motivation. Hope. Laughter. 
Joy. Gratitude. Vulnerability. Happiness. Calm. Luck. A Prayer. A Break.

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Day 12: Today I am grateful for quiet. Real quiet, when even the noise in my head simmers down. When I can listen to my breath. 

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