See to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.
— Helen Keller
Winter Solstice is three weeks away and by now, we are all feeling the enormous pressure of the commercial juggernaut that surrounds us. But many of us are hurting from the economic crisis. And of course, the daily news is grim and getting worse, it seems.
So, as I have in past years, my response is to shift the focus here and to create for my visitors a daily haven of calm, a place to ground, breathe, and come back to ourselves. With our beloved Graces guiding us, we will create an oasis of peace.
Yet I have noticed that peace rarely comes from only willing it so. It comes more often as a result of acting on its behalf.
So in a spirit of simplicity, with the blessing of this week’s Fool card, and in harmony with our candle-lighting ceremony, I invite you to become a candle of hope and love.
I invite you to do this with one daily act of kindness.
According to Wikipedia, the phrase Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty was coined by peace activist and writer, Anne Herbert. Herbert says she wrote it on a placemat at a Sausalito restaurant in 1982 or 1983. Then in 1993, the idea grabbed the wider public’s imagination when Conari Press released the book, Random Acts of Kindness.
The idea (in case you’ve been living on some other planet!) is to quietly, preferably anonymously, pay forward something selfless, generous, and intended to bring happiness to others. We do this without expecting a reward or even a response. We do it as a blessing out of the blue for others.
Which, after all, is an act of Grace is, isn’t it?
Here is one idea for us to start with. Before you get overwhelmed with all the holiday cards you are meaning to write, today, write just one brief card: a thank-you card. Send it to that special teacher who you will never forget; the one who was such a positive influence for you.
If you don’t know how to get in touch with that teacher, write a note of thanks for teachers in general and send anonymously it to the faculty of the school you went to. Or perhaps to the school that your kids (or neighbors) go to.
Over the coming days, I’ll have lots more to inspire you. And I invite you to share your own ideas and experiences right here!