The Dare: 1,000 Gifts?
Mother of six and best-selling author Ann Voskamp in her new book Selections from One Thousand Gifts: Finding Joy in What Really Matters tells how she tackled a challenge. She sought to name 1,000 blessings – one thousand gifts, that is – not gifts that she hopes to receive. These are gifts she already has received from the Almighty.
Identifying 1,000 gifts was a dare, she says – a love dare of sorts. She accepted it one clear November morning -- the beginning of list-making season: Lists of holiday menus, handmade projects and “have-to” buys. The lists, she writes were “scattered and stacked across the counter, around my desk,” when a friend’s message blinks up on her screen. “She dares me and I don’t blink,” she recalls. “Could I write a list of a thousand things I love? I read her line again. To name one thousand blessings – one thousand gifts – is that what she means?”