Someone shared this online advent calendar with me a few years ago. Once signed up, they send you a daily email throughout December suggesting one way to create more kindness in the world. Following their guidance this year I’ve already called an old friend, given out 10 compliments, sent a thank you card, said hello to strangers and more! Today’s suggestion was to share some good news, big or small. No amount of good news is too small to share!
This simple tool seems like a perfect way to avoid the consumer ads and shopping overload and remember what the holidays are truly about. Kindness. Giving. Love.
Yesterday we remembered GHW Bush with a memorial of his life. Each speaker emphasized the kind person that he was, that he was always a good friend to others, that he loved his country and his family and friends, and that he had a good sense of humor. Sitting in the front row were the current and past Presidents and their wives. I couldn’t help but marvel at the picture of President Trump and Melania seated right next to Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. Given the kind of behavior we have seen from this President, it’s clear how much we need to be the light of kindness now.
For those of you who work with or have children and grandchildren, it is so important to inspire these young people to step into their greatness. To teach them kindness, to role model polite and generous behavior. There is so much good happening in the world, so many people are feeling empowered to step into their true selves. It’s important to acknowledge that, to remember what you stand for and then continue to stand up for it over and over again — caring for the planet, supporting people displaced by the fires and devastation, respecting people’s perspective and being kind just because it is the right thing to do.
Today my good news is you, the reader of this blog. That you are willing to share your stories of your dreams with me and with others — through notes, and drawings of the future. With my 9 Tips to Up Your Creative Genius book launch, so many of you have reached out and continued to support the creative genius in yourselves and others. I am deeply grateful for you and for our collective commitment to inspire the creative genius in ourselves and everyone we meet every day.
Consider making this holiday about kindness, about connection, about love. Share yourself with others. They need your presence more than your presents. They need Creative Genius You.
P.S. If you are on the west coast on December 29th, in the gorgeous town of Manzanita, Oregon I am giving a Draw Your Future workshop and book signing at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, I’d love to see you there!