In the midst of the holiday celebrations, and also dealing with the most recent catastrophic events in Connecticut, sometimes it’s best to look past boxes, ribbons, and bows to embody the spirit of the season, and truly experience the genuine humanitarian bonds that make us who we are.
The familiar tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” a long-time tradition, will be heard repeatedly for yet another season. It’s been satirized, customized, and adjusted to fit any and every occasion, from cards to ad campaigns. There’s even a way to calculate all of the sung items according to current price levels.
But lately, a popular twist is to turn those 12 occasions into things not bought, but felt right from the heart. Simply direct your attention on performing 12 random acts of kindness during this holiday season. Take your eye of the me-ness of receiving, and on the we-ness of giving. Some people started on December 13 to finish on Christmas Eve. Others began on December 13 to finish on Christmas Day itself. But it’s not too late to start now, or even on the customary December 25 date. It doesn’t even have to be anonymous. It can be fun to them them with others, too. What really matters is to quietly make that small difference that can ripple into so many positive results.
Notice the above graphic for starter suggestions, but you can always create your own. Despite the craziness, the feelings of utter confusion and disbelief, we can grab on to the act of paying something good forward—not only during this time of “good will to all”, but everyday.
Now that’s really thinking outside any box.