Ever notice that most New Year’s Resolutions emerge from the negative? That they are generally based on some kind of behavior you’d like to minimize or stop doing altogether? Consider these common resolutions: I’ll stop eating more than I should…I won’t spend as much money…I won’t yell at my kids so much. Recognize any of these? Isn’t it interesting how they all stem from a place of NOT wanting to do something? Perhaps that’s the reason that, by this time of the year, many people have already given up on their resolutions.
Maybe this is the year to think about resolutions a bit differently and spin them toward the positive; it might make a difference in how you feel in trying to maintain the commitment to them. For instance, instead of, I’ll stop eating more than I should, why not try, I will eat just enough food to be full. Or instead of, I won’t spend as much money, why not try, I’ll stick to my budget. And, I’m not going to yell at my kids, could become, I am going to tell my kids how great they are more often. Let’s choose to make an effort to be happier, kinder, and prouder of who we are. Let’s focus less on our negative behavior and find more ways to act positively. Are you in? And, while we’re on the subject, why not add some resolutions of kindness? You can get the ball rolling with some of these simple acts of kindness.
3 Ways to Spread Kindness This Year
1) For one day, hold the door open for others every time you have the opportunity.
2) The next time you see litter on the ground, pick it up and throw it away no matter where you are.
3) “Plate it Forward” by making something yummy like cookies, cake or bread and deliver it to your neighbors or friends.
And, keep on keepin’ on with those resolutions. We believe in you!
Remember when getting the mail from your mailbox was something to look forward to? You just never knew what would be there… maybe a letter from a relative? Or a postcard from a friend who’s traveling? There was also a good chance there’d be a bill or two, but it seemed that was always balanced with a little bit of love from someone special.
Well, an organization called “Postcards From Far Away”, would like us to harken back to that time…with a twist. And, given that Boom Boom! Card 12 from the Original Deck encourages you to get in touch with someone the old fashioned way, of course we’re on board!
PFFA is a social benefit organization created by Robb Anthony in his college dorm room in 2010. He had a simple concept, “to make people’s day.” So, he’d spend his summer paychecks buying postcards and filling them with positive messages and sending them, anonymously, to random people throughout the country.
Three years later he has a team that helps him and they go to schools and other organizations where volunteers write messages of love encouragement, hope and inspiration and mail them off to thousands of lucky and unsuspecting recipients.
We’re excited to have partnered with PFFA and donated Boom Boom! postcards that will be used to make people’s days! We’re grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this truly awesome idea and make the world a little brighter.
Click here to donate or volunteer with PFFA!
Watch This. Yes, we know this video is 4:00 minutes long, but trust us, it’s worth it. Perspective is a wonderful gift and Carl Sagan gives it to us with these words. The video, posted by Adam Winnik on YouTube is also a gift and underscores Sagan’s brilliant insight.
From astrophysics to the human heart, Sagan could dissect anything, explain it and make you think about it in a way that may never have occurred to you before…like this:
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life; there is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species can migrate. Visit? Yes. Settle? Not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the earth is where we make our stand. It is up to us.
“No hint that help will come from elsewhere…” That’s a staggering thought. It’s truly up to us. Each one of us. Not a specific group, or a particular type of person, or any of our world leaders…or even Oprah. No, it’s not up to anyone but us. ALL of us.
Capital U us.
The success of our civilization depends on one very simple thing: the relationships we build.
Every daily interaction matters.
Let’s commit to breeding good in every moment.