I love this time of the year; the Holidays. Living in Australia, there is no rule that you wait until after Halloween to get into the Christmas spirit and decorations hit the stores in early October. Even in the summer heat, I can tell it’s the holiday season from the beautiful decorations, lights and most of all that people seem to be friendlier, happier, and certainly more patient. It’s a beautiful time when charitable donations are up and love and gratitude fills the air.
Why is it that on January 2nd it all comes to a crashing halt? Even the day after Christmas the beautiful flickering lights from the night before suddenly look tired, ready for a year-long nap, until filled with magic once again. It’s as if the moment Hanukkah menorah’s are packed away, and the neighborhood Christmas lights are turned off for the season, hearts harden a bit to brace for the next 10 -12 months until the wave of caring and generosity strikes again.
Last night, my son woke up in the wee hours when most people are happily snoring and was wondering what he could do to ensure he gets on Santa’s good list. After all, he reminded us, there are only three more sleeps to go. Could he clean up more, argue less, help without being asked, do his reading for an extra five minutes? My advice? Just be good. The next three days aren’t make or break; think 365.
Just Be Good
What if, instead of cramming ourselves not only with food but also love gratitude and good deeds in the last days of the year, we spent the whole entire year being good?
Make gratitude, generosity and good deeds your choice 365 (Click to Tweet)
Make the Leap Action:
Imagine what would happen if every single day you did something to make the world a little better?
- Say please and thank you.
- Ask “How can I help?“
- Close your phone, iPad, laptop etc and cuddle with someone you love.
- Give your time generously.
- Prioritize charitable giving.
- Throw your trash in the bin and pick up someone else’s trash that they left behind.
- Laugh with abandon.
- Invite collaboration.
- Practice gratitude.
- Love other’s enough to tell them the truth.
- Experiment, stretch, try something new.
- Say “YES!” instead of masking your fear of the unknown with “NO.”
- Read the extra five minutes because it’s a gift to yourself, not because you want to please someone else.
Want to end up on Santa’s annual good list? Make it a sure-thing with a year of goodness. (Click to Tweet)
What will you do starting today? … and keep doing tomorrow… and six months from now…
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