My “Eat, Pray, Love” Petition

I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love,” and have been inspired to become more proactive in asking for help as she did. For example, her soon-to-be-ex-husband was dragging his feet in signing their divorce papers; they had had a hard time agreeing on the terms of the divorce, and things were at a standstill. A friend of hers suggested that she write a petition to God/the universe for what she wanted to happen.

After some thought, she wrote down what she considered a good petition, and read it to her friend. The friend approved, and then said, “I would sign that.” Then the friend quickly amended that she had already signed it in her heart. She asked Elizabeth who else should sign it. Between them, they began naming names, from Bill and Hillary Clinton to the Dali Lama and Jim Henson. Just as soon as they named each name, they declared that each person too had signed the petition. By the end of the day, her lawyer called her to tell her that her husband had finally signed off on the papers, and it was a done deal!

This got me thinking about the things I would like to happen in my own life. Our house was built in 1953, and since we moved into in 2007, there has been a TON of work done (by the Crankee Yankee [my husband], and with most welcome help from his younger brother), and there are a couple of tons more work still to do. Since I really can’t help with the heavy lifting part of renovation, I focus on the inside of the house and what I can do to help there, plus those things I would love to see happen.

So I am going to take a leap of faith here in front of all of you and make my own petition and ask my own list of people to “sign” it. Here goes:

“Dear God,

Would You please help us with the repair and renovation of our house? We need help with building materials, cash flow and patience. I know that You are extremely busy with this planet and all people and animals on it, and that there are so many more people than us who need help. Compared to many, we are very fortunate. I feel guilty in asking for more when we already have so much (family, friends, shelter, food, water, hope, love, comfort, the great privilege of living in America, etc.), but am asking all the same.

I would very much like to have the following:

  1. a new box spring and mattress (our current ones are circa 1999)
  2. a new sofa (the one is a hand-me-down from Mom and Dad; it’s not only cat-picked to a fare-thee-well but is getting damned uncomfortable as well)
  3. a new recliner to replace the horrible pleather-with-stuffing-hanging-out-of-it we now have
  4. a new floor for the kitchen (the current puke-green linoleum one is so old, scuffed and dirty that a team of dedicated cleaning women armed with razor blades couldn’t scrape up the ancient dirt)
  5. new cabinets to replace the old crappy wooden ones that have more layers of paint on them than the Sistine Chapel

I believe with all my heart that good things can and do manifest when we do all that we can on our end; then ask for help with the rest. If I am not working hard enough on this, then please help me to work harder and be more understanding. I do not want my frustration in the state of the house to adversely affect our marriage and friendship in any way, and I ask You to please help us with this.

In closing, it is my heartfelt request that You help us in this situation. This, I feel certain, will help us in our lives to be better people who in turn can give from our own abundance to others. Please also help me be an instrument of Your peace, and help me to help where I can.

With love and respect and gratitude,


Here is my own list of those I want signing my petition:

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Tina Fey
  • The Dali Lama
  • Special Agent Pendergast (from the fabulous Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child books)
  • Mother Theresa
  • Gilbert & Sullivan
  • Gordon Ramsay
  • Candace Bergen
  • Kate Middleton
  • Johnny Depp
  • Julia Child
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan
  • Taylor Swift
  • Ellen Degeneres
  • Albus Dumbledore
  • Harry Potter
  • George Washington
  • Clive Cussler
  • Diane Chamberlain
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Stephen King
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Lady Gaga
  • Robin Williams
  • John Belushi
  • Gilda Radnor
  • Grumpy Cat
  • Anyone kind enough to read this blog

..and probably more when I think about it.

BUT GET THIS—before I even finished this list, #3 and #4 have already happened. My wonderful parents surprised us with two beautiful new chairs; a Canadian rocker for me, and a fantastic recliner for the Crankee Yankee that not only reclines, but rocks and swivels. Plus the company delivering them will also take the crappy recliner and the cat-picked sofa (so I guess that I can also count #2 as a done deal as well–we really won’t need a sofa with the advent of two comfy chairs). And the ‘coop de doo’–my amazing stepdaughter gifted us with 250 feet of gorgeous floor tiles; enough to cover the kitchen, hallway and bathroom!

So, people–try out the Eat, Pray, Love petition–it really DOES work!

(You should know that right now I am singing “I’m a Believer.”) 🙂


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