From Cheryl's Writing CrateLast night I attended our first PTO meeting of the year and was thrilled to see such a large turnout--15 people. That may seem like a lame turnout to most, but for those of us in the world of PTO, any number above the board members that shows up is a plus!
Once we got down to business, we were excited about all the plans for the upcoming school year, but we also realized we have our work cut out for us. Funding is difficult, parent involvement is usually a challenge, and even rallying teachers to get involved can add to the mix. An optimist at heart, I refuse to let these types of things get in the way of the spirit that we have amongst even our small group, so at the end of the meeting I suggested we take a deep breath, and visualize a positive school year experience for our kids, the teachers and the parents in our community. Then I took it one step further and got a little cheesy by asking all in attendance to share one thought they could offer that we could turn into a PTO Prayer (not in the religious sense) to reflect on throughout the year.
The ladies (and one dad!) that were at the meeting really liked this idea and within 15 minutes we had a witty, inspiring, thought-provoking sentiment down on paper that we are going to print and distribute to our school community. It felt great to walk away from the meeting with such a creative twist on how we as involved parents want to contribute to our school this year.
When I got home, I began thinking about this post. As much as I'd love to admit I plan these posts in advance, it's just not possible with my full-time work schedule and busy life as a mom of 8. Still, I look forward to it all week long and can't wait to sit down and write it. As I reflected on our awesome PTO meeting, I began to think about prayer in general. I'm not trying to make today's post about anything religious, I promise, but what I am trying to share is that sometimes we can take the wording of a prayer and use it as a tool for inspiration and even as a calming mechanism when we're feeling overwhelmed or frustrated that we can't write as often as we'd like.
As luck would have it (or more like it was meant to be!) I received the following e-mail entitled "A Short Prayer for Freelance Writers written by Carol Tice. I'm sharing it below as "food for thought" in hopes that maybe you can glean a few of it's points to help inspire your writing in the days and weeks to come.