As I sit here beside my partially decorated Christmas tree, the sounds of Christmas carols and the captions from hard copy (gasp!) Christmas cards are running through my head.
"Comfort and joy"
"Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward Men"
"I'll be home for Christmas."
"Sing we joyous all together! Fa la la la la la la la!"
It is a season where family, friends, community, and the possibilities for a better world are at the forefront of our minds, even if we don't celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. So I wanted to share a few of my favorite (digital) things that embody the generous and loving spirit of the holidays. If you check them out, you may find that they inspire you too. So, in no particular order, here's my little list for your holiday enjoyment.
1. Goodness Exchange: This is a new ad-free digital news and information platform and community that is dedicated to sharing the goodness that is happening all around us. As noted on the home page:
"You’re not alone in caring. There is a wave of goodness and progress well underway, all around the world.
Enjoy articles, podcasts, events, and community celebrating the people who are solving the world’s problems, small and large."
I'm a member and every time I tune in, I come away inspired by people and the possibilities for a better future for all of us. The Conspiracy of Goodness podcast is one of my favorites.
2. Catalyst 2030: Catalyst 2030 is a global movement of NGOs, social enterprises, intermediaries, funders, and other social change innovators that is mobilizing resources and catalyzing collaboration to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. In November, I participated in my first Zoom-based "General Assembly." It was so inspiring to be in a space with almost 170 people from all around the globe who are actively working toward systemic change and building a new world that works for everyone!
HoonArts is also listed on the new affiliated Good Market e-commerce website. Check it out and you'll find all kinds of products made by people who share these global values.
3. All Things Brene Brown. Brene Brown and her business organization are dedicated to studying "the intersection of human behavior, emotion, and thinking, and to communicate our findings in clear and compelling ways so that all of us can better understand and care for ourselves, each other, and the world we live in." Their passion is to " make the world a braver, safer, and more loving place for all people."
I didn't discover Brene Brown's work until about 3 years ago, but since then, it has become one of my "go to" resources whenever I need a reality check about what being human is all about. I laugh, I cry, and I always come away inspired to keep going. She's just published a new book, Atlas of the Heart, that is winging it's way to me right now, and is available wherever books can be found.
4. "On Being". The On Being Project, led by Krista Tippett, is dedicated to "Pursuing deep thinking and moral imagination, social courage and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together." In other words, "What does it mean to be human, how do we want to live, and who will we be to each other?"
I am a regular listener to the On Being podcast, which always feels like the best "welcome home" to "comfort and joy" you can imagine. It helps ground me when the world seems to be spinning out of (my) control and despair starts to seep in. There's also a lot more to explore than just the podcast.
5. The Good Life Project. The Good Life Project podcast, with Jonathan Fields, is another of my favorite resources for reminding myself about what really matters when life gets me down. As the website explains,
"We’re on a quest to help you live a more meaningful, connected and vital life.
We also take a real world approach and tend to steer away from a lot of the pop-psychology proverbs that make you feel good for a hot minute, but don’t lead to lasting change. We’d rather lean on validated tools, strategies and practices that we know will make a real difference in your life. And, we’re all about building into the life you want in a gentler, more progressive way that honors the responsibilities, resources and constraints of life you’ve already built."
In case you're wondering, I've taken the Sparketype assessment, and read Jonathan's new book Sparked: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work that Makes You Come Alive. I've found them both wonderfully insightful in figuring out what makes me tick. Check them out for yourself.
6. Bored Panda. This is on my list because laughter always lightens my spirit and it's contagious! The Bored Panda posts and images on animals always make me laugh or at least smile, and who doesn't need a regular dose of that! My daughter and I regularly exchange these links, even when we have nothing else we need to communicate. So go get some laughs. There's a reason it helps get you through the tough times.
I wish you all comfort and joy during this holiday season. And may peace and goodwill ultimately reign in our world.
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