I got this tattoo a few years ago. It’s a lyric from a Jewel song and it kind of sums everything up for me. It’s my touchstone. When I take my last breath, I want my memories to be of the kindness I’ve shown and received, everything else is inconsequential.
I believe that you can change the world one smile at a time, and that each of those smiles are contagious. I’m ready to start a virus of happiness, of kindness, of inclusion.
I get great joy from Facebook and Instagram. People I know post something wonderful, something new that I didn’t know or hadn’t seen. Maybe they post art, maybe it’s science, or perhaps it’s an act of kindness. Sometimes they share photos of a wonderful moment, hiking, exploring, spending time with people they love. I do a little self-preservation, skimming over the negative in my feed. It’s a little “WestWorld” thing (That doesn’t look like anything to me). I am lucky and grateful that I find little of this in my feed. I am blessed with good fortune in the company I keep.
As it’s almost Thanksgiving, I feel grateful for the ability to keep in touch with so many people over so much of the world. My Thanksgiving table will only gather a few of these amazing people, but I will be able to share the joy of the holiday with many more.
This idea of creating a space to share good ideas and stories, to maybe help someone launch an idea, is empowering to me and I hope it will be for all of you. While there is a goal and direction, it is also flexible with the ability to grow into whatever the community here finds worthy.
So join us. Share a story, maybe it is your story, or maybe someone has inspired you. Share their story! Perhaps you have an idea for making the world a little better place or you heard about an idea and want to share it and help get it out there. This is the place. Write us, share a video, float a boat!