What!? It’s already December? It’s hard to believe the year is almost over. And, boy, what a year it’s been!
We’ve seen a whirlwind of dreadful events throughout the year – too many scandals to count, one of the worst hurricanes seasons in a long time, and the most divisive, vitriolic, political climate our country has experienced in my lifetime – just to mention a few. You, too, know that I could go on and on. And, don’t even get me started on the ridiculous trend of “unicorn food.” It’s all enough to wear anyone down.
But, on the flip side, we’ve also seen some incredible examples of humanity at its finest. One of my favorites: the teenager who quit his high school football to start a club so that no student has to each lunch alone. Pretty amazing, right?
We’ve celebrated events that have brought us together, like the unity of #GirlPower at women’s marches around the country; or standing outside with the crowds to experience the eclipse together; or the Astros winning the World Series for the first time ever (okay, so I know not everyone may agree on that one – especially my friends in California). I’ve watched my sons graduate from an all-boys private school, who’s motto is “Men for Others” transition into college life, fostering a deep devotion for their new fraternity brothers. Go Phi Delts!
These are all things that have brought people together. At their best, they’ve given us a moment or place to belong. They’ve made us feel good. They’ve given us faith that we will overcome the terrible disasters, misfortunes and heartbreaks. They give us hope.
For me, December is all about hope, faith, and kindness. We only have a month to go before we close out 2017, and turn our hopes and dreams to the new year. It’s my wish that we can all hold tight to our loved ones and the feel-good moments – and to create those moments for our friends and strangers, alike.
“I found it is the small everyday deeds of the ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay…Small acts of kindness and love.”
(Yeah, I kind of can’t believe I quoted that, either)