Happy holidays from my heart to yours; I hope you’re enJOYing lots of connection and fun during your winter break and year-end festivities. Our flights home were cancelled, so we decided to head to the Houston Zoo, where we saw three of our keys to connection hanging on this tree-mendous spreading oak.
When I mentioned to my friend that our plans were derailed, she asked, “What will you do with your unexpected abundance of time?” And that’s when I knew that abundance was a word I wanted to explore more this year. Not of the tangible so much as of the intangible. And I can’t wait to see where this word takes me in 2023.
I feel abundance every time I get to do author visits, whether in-person or virtual, that’s for sure. I was blessed with several dozen of them this year and plan to continue them into the new year. It’s so much fun to make friends with budding authors (like these learners in OH) and to imprint on their hearts that kindness is KEY.
I even got to return to Whitcomb Elementary, to my giraffe family, where I was serving as an SEL specialist in 2020 when the pandemic kept us all home after spring break. My favorite second-grade friend, now in 5th, teared up as he wrapped me up in a genuine bear hug and asked where I went. His second question was whether I put him in my book. I handed him the book and asked him if he saw himself in that class and, sure enough, he did! Abundance all around. I saw him again the next day and it made my heart happy to hear him say, “I can’t believe you put me in your book.” Don’t you love their magical thinking?
A few stories that tugged at my heartstrings this month include The Kindness Of A Stranger, Good Samaritans in Buffalo, and A Decade of Giving, and A Lifetime Of Service, proof that kindness is LOVE with snow boots on.
Happy 2023 dear reader; I pray that you find health, hygge, happiness, hope and a touch of unexpected abundance of whatever your heart and soul crave. There’s only one you, so take good care!