In the midst of this holiday season I have come upon others who have inspired & enlightened me. Instead of the usual frantic internal feelings this time of the year causes me, I am in a more serene place. Why? Two things happened.
First, I went to a book signing for Linda Cohn, author of “1,000 Mitzvahs”. Why did she inspire me? Because she chose a project, to do one thousand acts of kindness, to honor her father after he passed away. The discussion at the event was robust. Questions like “what counts?” If you begin an act of kindness & it does not come to fruition, does it count? I began to see how our perspective & daily outlook effects how we feel. These, even simple deeds, can bring personal gain.
The second thing that I feel energized by is a project inicated by Kaycee Krysty, the former CEO and now “president emerita” of the Seattle wealth management firm, Laird Norton Tyee. Kaycee “believes baby boomers are redefining an age once known as the end of work and productivity. She is challenging her generation to write 65 words on turning 65. I applaud her ambition to create a culture of aging that is life-affirming, satisfying & meaningful.
As we approach the end of the year, I am finding ways to avoid the “doom & gloom” mentality of the past & live in the moment with a more positive outlook. If it is true that “we are our thoughts” then we certainly can contribute to the quality of our day.