Happy Thinking Day to all my Guiding friends.
It’s amazing to be part of this organisation and I love it as much now as I did when I first started Brownies as a shy 7-year old! I loved wearing my uniform – not sure I liked the uniform, but I was proud to wear it and I was determined that my Promise badge would be as shiny as possible!
Thinking Day was always special. We got together with all the other Brownies, Guides and Rangers in our Division (way before Rainbows were “invented”!) and there seemed to be hundreds of them. We sang and played games from all over the world. We lit candles and we put our Thinking Day pennies onto a world map. I really felt part of something much bigger and loved the idea that we were all “thinking” about each other on this special day.
We still have our Division Thinking Day get-together (early this year, so that it didn’t clash with half term). It was just as noisy as I remember, and we sang and played and lit our Guiding light and thought of our Guiding family all over the world.
I’m sure I had no idea when I celebrated my first Thinking Day all those years ago that I’d have so many friends all over the world, all because of Guiding!
And how amazing it is to be thinking about each other today, to send and receive cards and to share our messages on social media. I’ve lost track of how many ‘likes’ I’ve hit today (wish I could put a “Brownie smile” emoji instead of a thumbs up or ordinary smiley face!) – friends from near and far have posted messages, including the Scottish Chief Commissioner from Our Chalet, my Soroptimist friends at Girl Guides Malta and even one of my Brownies on holiday in Disney!
It’s also a time to think back on all those who had such an influence on my life – I’ll certainly be smiling as I look up at the stars tonight and remember so many Guiding lights. They were true Guiding stars.
Next Monday our newest Brownies will be making their Promise and setting out on the next part of their Guiding journey. I hope they have as much fun, adventure and excitement as I’ve had….and I hope they keep their Promise badges nice and shiny too!!
Happy Thinking Day!