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The Turkey Who Stole My Heart

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A Thanksgiving Story originally published on my blog, Art Of Collecting Yourself.

When I was a kid, I had a pet turkey named Tom (creative, I know). Tom was little when he came to live with us.  He was the odd ball out.  The one turkey in a yard filled with lots of chickens; the only male in the hen-house.  If you have never lived with a turkey, day in and day out, you might not know what large egos they have.  This was the case with Tom for sure.  He could strut across the yard better than John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. It was almost impossible not to be enamored with him.

I had just gotten my driver’s license when I discovered that someone had broken into my truck one night and stolen the Alpine Radio I got for Christmas.  I was so upset, so mad. I’d never had anything stolen before.  I hopped in the truck and sped down our long driveway in reverse. At the end of the driveway, I hit a bump. It was Tom, and although he was badly hurt, he was alive. I was crushed.  And honestly….so was he.  The sting of the missing radio was gone, quickly replaced with my concern for Tom.  I would never have hurt him.

Tom had a hole in his little red beard, and he sat a bit crooked, but we hoped he would recover.  We cared for him for several weeks, and eventually he was strutting like nothing had ever happened.  Well almost….

Tom had a reason to live, revenge. It seems turkeys hold grudges just like anyone else who gets blind-sided.  Everyday he waited for me to walk to my truck, the same truck which I had driven when I hit him.  He tried to run up and spur me every day. The spurs are hard and sharp.  I had plenty of reason to be afraid.  He was stealthy and quick. It was an everyday ritual.  I would peek out the window, trying to find him.  When I thought the coast might be clear, I would make a run for it.   I had to carry a broom with me, swooshing him gently away as I came and went.

And when I drove out of the driveway, I learned to be patient.  He would, with his crooked little bird body, attack the tires which had attacked him. I almost ran over him again several times, even though I tried my darndest to stay clear. He just wouldn’t give up.  He was Don Quixote charging at windmills.

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But as much as I was afraid of him, I understood his obsession.  If I had not have cared for him and found him so irresistible, I might have given up on him.  But I just couldn’t.  The family tried to come up with a solution.

We even got him a little female turkey thinking that he would set revenge aside for love.  But Tom was smart enough to keep vigil over the truck by day and romance her by night, a regular TOM Juan.  Eventually, we found new homes for the two, a place where they could roam free from vehicles.  It was, of course, the right thing to do.  They grew old together there.  Happily.tom-juanTom was never meant for the table, and thankfully, he never made it there. I think of him every year as others are looking for the perfect bird for their Thanksgiving table. I wouldn’t hold a grudge at all if in the end, his new life helped him forget me all together.  I know I will never forget him.  He was the turkey who stole my heart.
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We are the Grateful Creatives!

A Collection of posts from the first half of #Gr8FullCre8ives

The #Gr8FullCre8ives Gratitude Challenge Prompt


Day 1 Spark: Beginnings

Day 2 Spark: Surroundings

 

Day 3 Spark: Body

 

Day 4 Spark: Mind

 

Day 5 Spark: Heart

 

Day 6 Spark: Traditions

 

Day 7 Spark: Creative Spirit

Day 9 Spark: Creative Interest

Day 11 Spark: Simple Pleasures

Day 12 Spark: Smile

Day 13 Spark: Movement

Day 14 Spark: Something Small

Gratitude Instagram Challenge #Gr8FullCre8ives

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Grateful Creatives… #Gr8FullCre8ives

Several years ago, when I was doing everything I could to pull myself out of a funk I found myself in, I began playing with practicing gratitude on a daily basis.  It didn’t take long for me to feel that I was generally a grateful and appreciative person.  It was a powerful shift for me.  I felt genuinely heart-centered.

As a Life Coach and Sacred Creativity Guide, I partner with Creatives who wish to live a more authentic, expressive life. I often begin by inviting them into a heart-centered flow through a gratitude practice.  The beautiful thing is that we can never be too grateful. So, on a daily basis, I lean towards gratitude, but, in the month of November, when messages of Thanksgiving are floating around in the media, I anchor thankfulness by focusing on gratitude for the month.

The beautiful thing is that we can never be too grateful. So, on a daily basis, I lean towards gratitude, but, in the month of November, when messages of Thanksgiving are floating around in the media, I anchor thankfulness by focusing on gratitude for the month.

I have partnered with Creative Life Coach, Julie Jordan Scott, to bring you a month long gratitude challenge. Like me, Julie finds cultivating gratitude an essential practice for Creatives.Creating Gratitude #Gr8fullCre8ives

Sacred Creative Practice:  Don’t JUST think of this as counting your gratitudes.  That can be helpful, yes, but allow this challenge to also help you boost your creativity. Encourage yourself to think outside the box. Instagram allows images.  The images can be works of art in and of themselves.  They can also document your art, a poem, an altar, movement, music, singing, and reading of poetry.  Using both the image option and the video option there is so much you can do to express your gratitude. Let us spark you to stretch. Together we will create gratitude and our gratitude will help us stretch our creativity.

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Big Take Aways

WHAT: Gratitude Challenge using #Gr8FullCre8ives. (It helps to remember there are two 8’s and two L’s).

Why: Gratitude brings peace of mind.  Peace of mind helps us feel safe.  Safety encourages self-expression.  Self-expression is a balm to the spirit.  ….and oh, so much more.

WHERE: The challenge begins on Instagram where we have created one image with prompts for each day in November.  Use the word or phrase for that day to spark your creativity.

Periscope BONUS: We will be broadcasting around #Gr8FullCre8ives theme on Periscope. (See links below for Periscope profiles for Creativity Tribe and Julie Jordan Scott.) We will take the prompts from Instagram and create questions to scope about.  Please find us there and JOIN US in scoping if you would like.  You can also search for #Gr8FullCre8ives in Periscope or Twitter to follow along. (See the Twitter feed for #Gr8FullCre8ives at the bottom of this post.)

HOW: Start today…or whenever you wish to jump in during November.  The challenge is about creating a practice. We are not looking for perfection….we are encouraging participation.  Find the image with the prompts, repost to your Instagram, begin letting those prompts spark your posts.  Use #Gr8FullCre8ives so we can find you.

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Julie Jordan Scott on Instagram and Periscope

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