So, I was wondering, how do we extend the spirit and flare of giving of the holiday season? During this time of year, the cheer of the season seemingly casting a spell. It would be nice to bottle it up and sprinkle it when needed like fairy dust. Don’t get me wrong; there are still the cases of insane road rage and disturbing bar-style fights over deeply discounted items coveted throughout the year. Overall, many people get bitten by the cheerful-giving bug. You might see them smiling, greeting others, and making more attempts to be generous and understanding.
However, many people struggle to get through the holidays. Some have experienced loss, hunger, no employment, limited (or no) finances, and any other combination of life-altering challenges. I am guilty of taking my situation and people for granted. I continue to be a work in progress. However, I have, since, learned from my challenges, and I strive every day to be better than yesterday. One word, one smile, and even the simplest kind gesture could mean the difference between a little hope and despair. I know it may seem like a stretch, but thousands of people are struggling, physically and mentally, to survive. We hear a lot of stories about the challenges faced by service members. However, some people have never served in the armed forces struggling with the same problems.
In a fast-paced world, thriving on trends, the subtle art of being kind gets lost. Now, I am not saying go out an hug everyone you see. Some people may not take to this action. I’m just saying be kind, be grateful, practice humility, and let your human side out a little more often. I truly believe the universe rewards us for our actions. Enjoy the holiday season, learn something new, but as you progress through the next two months, remember that everyone you encounter is struggling with something. Be kind.
As a person that sees the vision beyond the perceived disaster, I always see potential. The problem with potential is that, now, it may not amount to much. I’ve seen so many excited people driven and focused on their ideas. Most of these visions are shared among family, friends, and, sometimes, the world. I have enjoyed reading some of the in-your-face, help-yourself books published recently. I think Sarah Knight is hilarious if you can move beyond colorful sentence enhancements. Most of the information you read, you already know, but it never hurts to get a little confirmation. The point is Sarah Knight, Lilly Singh, and loads of other visionaries started with the idea that they cultivated to success. I can get a little sidetracked at times, but I still have my ultimate goal in mind.
So, here are some things I have considered as I work on
these goals. I am in no way an expert,
and I plan to keep learning as long as I can.
Hopefully, some of these will inspire you or at least make you smile.
Everyone is not going to get it. Your vision is just that, your vision. Some people might look at you like you have two heads if you tell them you’re going to rebuild a rusty old jeep, especially if you are not mechanically inclined. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible. True story.
Every vision can be modified. Your original plan may begin to materialize into a different shape, but it doesn’t mean you’ve sold out or failed. It could just mean that you began to recognize different strengths and talents along the journey. You may have started out with the goal of writing a children’s book about unicorns and candy but realized you like making and selling candy. Maybe, goodies, gumdrops, and lollipops suit you better. Yum!
Don’t allow minor setback and roadblocks to promote throwing in the towel. Well, in boxing terms, stay in the fight. It is so much easier to slow down during a run than it is to stop and start again.
Surround yourself with people that are headed in your direction. Build your village with friends, family, and acquaintances that will encourage you and cheer you on. The people in your village also assist with keeping you grounded and telling you the truth, even if it hurts.
don’t beg average people to be phenomenal…you just are phenomenal, and you will
attract phenomenal.” -Unknown
If you have experienced any level of good fortune, you might have recognized the “cling-on.” These may be identified as the opportunists and the people that disappear at the first sign of trouble. Limit your interactions with this group. They can be creative energy suckers,take-over artists, and, generally, toxic to your process.
Finally, celebrate your milestones. Even a small success is a major accomplishment. Be patient, exercise a touch of humility, stay encouraged, and, always, keep pushing.
We always hear that you can’t stop time. Do the things that bring you happiness. Tell the people closest to you that you love them. I began my day at work with a shock. Another beautiful person was gone. She was loving, caring, and always encouraged others, even if she didn’t have to. Something as simple as a hug, never to be felt again. There was no warning, no indication that there was an issue. She was a little more than a week away from retirement. She went for a walk and soon departed. While I am sad, I am also grateful for the opportunity have been in her presence, to share with her, and to learn with her. Don’t take today for granted because tomorrow is not a guarantee. Stop and enjoy the moments. Live a life with limited regrets.