Whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year, there’s a common theme … joy, kindness, giving, being thankful…. To that end, I thought I’d start off December with a post befitting the season.
I’ll never forget years ago when I was living in Ohio and working in a law firm. I had no family anywhere near me, and no one I could really count on. It was a time in my life when I was seriously alone … me, myself and I. Day by day, I watched as everyone’s excitement about the holidays grew knowing I would be spending mine completely alone if I didn’t get creative (without being imposing). My holiday is Christmas and many in the firm celebrated Hanukkah instead. Therefore, there were those attorneys that would be working on Christmas day, but wouldn’t have any support. I decided they would be my family for Christmas and I would offer them a gift … I offered to work! I’ll never forget those couple of years. I truly created some great memories … and made some wonderful friends. Yes, we worked … but we goofed off a lot too. Not only that, but I learned an awful lot about another culture and that’s priceless!
Enough about me. Let’s talk about you and the people around you this holiday season. I’m going to offer up a challenge and see how far we can spread this. Everyone has sticky notes, right? If you don’t, go buy a pack … any size you want. The size you have or buy will determine your action plan. The larger the sticky note, the larger your message can be (in words, anyway)!
Here we go. Obviously, we should be kind and considerate all the time, but this time of year is especially important. Many people suffer from depression around the holidays for a variety of reasons. It could be that they’re missing loved ones that have passed on, or they can’t get home to see loved ones, or maybe they’re simply all alone and no one is noticing. It’s hard for some people to watch everyone else fully embracing the season as invites abound and they are left to simply observe.
So, here’s the challenge. For every single day of December, that’s 31 days, write something kind and encouraging about someone (anyone) on your sticky note and anonymously place it somewhere obvious in their work space. It can be anything (but don’t be sexist or break any harassment / discrimination laws). Anyone can be your target, but try to hit up as many people as you can and make sure there’s someone new on your list every single day. You can leave messages about how much you appreciate their great attitude, or how much they inspire you. You can thank them for little things that maybe they thought no one noticed. Anything!
CONCLUSION: Much of my life up to about my 30’s, I was alone. I know what it feels like to be “invisible.” Outwardly, I was always smiling so people didn’t notice how lonely I was inside. I found ways to deal with it. But, not everyone is like me. So many people suffer in silence and just don’t know how to step into this time of year without crying themselves to sleep at night. YOU can change that! Notice them, appreciate them … let them know they aren’t invisible. Watch as the month goes on and see how much happier people are. It doesn’t matter what holiday you celebrate, if any. This isn’t about you, although it will come back to you in surprising ways! Let’s do this! Let’s go viral with our sticky note campaign starting on Tuesday, December 1st! It will cost you nothing, other than the price of some sticky notes. Share this blog post far and wide and then come back here with your stories (comment below). I can’t wait to read them.
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Thanks for sharing your time with me and reading my BLOG!
Warm regards…. Debra
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