TAKE A LOOK:
Do you know what you are looking at? It is the backside of something like THIS:
It's a tapestry. Tapestry is a form of textile art traditionally woven on a vertical loom. In the creation of a tapestry, the artist works from behind. All the pieces are woven together back and forth, in a somewhat messy way. It can feel confusing and somewhat repetitive for awhile, and each individual piece might not seem incredibly important on its own. However, once you turn the tapestry around, it is quite obvious that the tapestry could not have come close to being done without each individual piece. Every single strand is important! Every single piece matters.
You matter as a piece of this larger puzzle, and this week we are focusing on that truth.
ACTIVITY - What is your lollipop moment?
Watch this TED talk by Drew Dudley:
- What did this video mean to you?
- Has anyone ever shown you kindness in a similar "lollipop moment" way?
- How does this make you feel a part of something bigger?
- Our actions have ripple effects. Have you ever experienced a ripple effect of someone's action?
ACTIVITY - Human Knot
Step 1: Form groups of about 10 people each. Have each group standing, facing towards each other, in a circle. Each person should be standing shoulder to shoulder. First, instruct everyone to lift their left hand and reach across to take the hand of someone standing across the circle. Next, have everyone lift their right and reach across to take the hand of another person standing across the circle. Make sure that no one is holding hands with someone standing directly beside the person!
Step 2: To play, the groups must communicate and figure out how to untangle the knot (forming a circle of people) without ever letting go of any hands. If any member lets go of a hand (breaks the chain), then the group must start from the beginning. YIKES!
This could take your group 10 minutes or an hour. The point is to work together to come to a solution. Every single piece matters, and every person has importance here.
After the activity, debrief:
- What did you think about the activity?
- Have you played this before? How was your experience different today?
- Did you feel important during this activity?
RESOURCES for you:
Daily Ritual Worksheet by our friend Danielle LaPorte helps you settle into your own piece of the puzzle.
More Love Letters created a system out of a need that Hannah saw.