I definitely did. Lots of time and space for just “being” (well, and lots of eating :)) with family and friends, and lots of quality time with my sweet 9-year-old nephew and 6-year-old niece.
One morning as we snuggled under the covers before watching another round of Elf, my niece proudly shared all about her elementary school’s motto:
“Be kinder than necessary.”
When a teacher sees one of the kids doing a “kinder than necessary” act, they give them a Terrific Tiger (the school’s mascot) sticker.
My niece was so excited about the whole thing. She shared stories of the times she’d been acknowledged with a Terrific Tiger and her little kindnesses that prompted them.
And it got me thinking.
Imagine if every human being on the planet took on this intention to be kinder than necessary.
So as holiday season revs up with its leanings toward fuller schedules, potentially harried travel and sometimes stressful family gatherings, I just wanted to plant the seed that maybe amidst all the hubbub when it’s easy to feel scattered and overwhelmed we can still lean into the intention to be kinder than necessary.
To others and to ourselves.
And you can’t be genuinely kind without being genuinely present.
And presence is the gateway to joy and peace and love and life-sustaining juiciness.
So practicing kindness is pretty much a one-stop shop for life’s sweetest stuff.
Truly, what have we got to lose by taking on a Terrific Tiger-enthused 6-year-old’s enthusiasm for random acts of kindness this season?
And what could we all, individually and collectively, gain from focusing a little more whole-heartedly on kindness?
And if you could use a few extra mindful reminders to help yourself stay grounded this month, this blog is for you.
Wishing you a holiday season brimming with micro-moments of genuine connection, mini joys, and simple kindnesses, and the grace to remember to notice them and soak them in as they’re happening.
Lots of Love,