Tis the Season to Make Magic
Last night I gathered a few friends together for a “feel good- do good project”. A few weeks ago, a friend asked if I might be willing to host a parlor party for The Giving Tree. She explained what they do and after a good solid five seconds of consideration, I was in. This would be my recipe for holiday sweetness even before we bake the cookies. I set the table with vegan and gluten free goodies and poured bubbly all night in the forms of Prosecco, sparkling cider and LaCroix. In deciding to keep it simple, it would be a gift to me. Inviting my council of women, would insure that the spirit of my intention translated into a gift giving group hug. And by taking the time to make this happen, I knew we could change help the families who would be the recipients of our goodwill, feel the magic of the season. It takes a village and I assembled mine with joy in my heart. Here’s the invitation I sent out. My hope is that it will inspire you to pick a project this holiday season and use it as a wonderful excuse to gather friends and create a feel good-do good project of your own. Cheers!
“You’re on this party list because you make a difference in my life. I’ve assembled my council of women and this is an invitation to our very first meeting. At the beginning of a yoga class, students bring their hands to heart center and set an intention for their practice on the mat. It is my hope that we can sit beside each other and set an intention for this holiday season, off the mat. So before my tree goes up, before the gingerbread men are baked and every precious ornament is placed with care, before the stockings are filled with goodies and the mistletoe is hung, even before the very first candle is lit or the first dreidel spins; I have called on you to help me set the stage for a truly magical holiday season. I have asked you to join me so we can sprinkle our unique brand of pixie dust over those whose sparkle has started to dull.
I’m a silver lining kind of girl. It’s time to come together, hold hands and sing a few rounds of kumbaya. No more “them” and “us”. I won’t even use the “e” word. Whether you’re still resisting or being reactive, I believe the hidden treasure in the fallout is that we can no longer sit back and watch. We have been called to action and it is time to stand up for what we believe is needed. “May ‘it’ bring forth the fiercest, smartest, toughest generation of ass-kicking women this country could possibly imagine.” (Jeffrey Wright) It’s time to take all of our energy and do something transformative with it, perhaps bringing out the fiercest, smartest, toughest ass-kicking women in our communities.
We must now embody the change we wish to see in the world. Let us model goodness so others can see the sheer grace that exists when we act from a place of genuine kindness. I know I was put on this planet to give. “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.”(Jim Rohn)
Every morning I ask, “What will I do today to make the world a better place?” I have put together an evening for us to ask that very question. It is time to wrap ourselves up in the comfort of each other and then take all that warm and fuzzy to go. This is our opportunity as warriors to stand strong and then march our exquisite purpose out into the community and bring the true meaning of the holidays to those who have forgotten what hope and joy feel like. And in return, our own celebrations will take on deeper meaning.
“It's the hap-happiest season of all, with those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings, when friends come to call, it's the hap-happiest season of all”. It’s been a tough year. For many, the struggle is real. People have started to lose faith. So we are going to reach around each other, reach in and then reach out. I am hoping that this gathering of feel-good will provide direction for your holiday spirit. But more than anything, it is my dream that our union creates peace in our minds, peace in our souls and peace in our hearts. I’m also dreaming of a white Christmas. I‘ve been accused of seeing the world through rosiecoloredglasses. But, what’s the downside to having it all?
“Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now, with every step I take, let this be my solemn vow. To take each moment and live each moment with peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”
I am excited to open my humble home and my even more humble heart to the women in my life who have shown me how. I’ll have something to sweeten you up and a little something to wet your whistle. There’s nothing for you to bring but a tender heart. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do, than to start this holiday off with a room full of you.
‘Tis the season. Thursday December 8th from 7-9 p.m. May your days be merry and bright. It’s time to let your light shine.”