Winter 2006

Dear Friends

Isn't it something how the holidays have a way of inspiring us to want to do good deeds and be more philanthropic than we've been the other 11 1/2 months of the year? There must be something about hearing nostalgic music and repeated tidings of ''Peace on Earth...'' that brings out the best, most generous parts of ourselves. Whatever it is, it seems to work like magic.

I don't know about your community, but around here, folks come out of the woodwork weeks before the holidays to get their names on the lists for volunteering at soup kitchens and shelters for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. And from what I gather, most of them are turned away because there are simply not enough spots for the sheer number of people wanting to get involved. Instead, the charitable organizations that have to turn these would-be volunteers away say they'd much rather have these offers spread throughout the year. And with that, all the good intentions to share holiday joy with others less fortunate are oftentimes put on the backburner until the next holiday season rolls around.

OK, so we really might not have the time to volunteer throughout the year on a regular basis for organizations that need us dependably 6-8 hours a month, which is what so many of them ask. But perhaps there is something to be said for redefining ''philanthropy.'' Perhaps we can make our contribution by giving of ourselves simply through small kindnesses. Kindness on the road. Kindness to the person we finally talk to at the end of an interminably long phone tree. Kindness here and kindness there. In our own little worlds. Throughout the year.

My bet is that this kind of sharing of our best selves will give others -- and ourselves -- infinitely more peace and joy than heading to the soup kitchen one day a year for a couple of hours. This coming year, may we all recognize the daily opportunities to volunteer our hearts, as well as our time, and share the generosity of our kindness.

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From our archives -- The Art of Imperfection

From our archives -- Saddle Up

From our archives -- Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Early Summer 2014 -- Embracing our Dormant Times

From our archives -- Taking Time to Listen

Late Spring 2014 -- Seeing More Clearly

Spring 2014 -- Savor What Makes Your Heart Sing

Early Spring 2014 -- The Power of Quotes

From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

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Holiday 2013 -- Taking the Time to Listen

Holiday 2013 -- Open our Hearts to the Good Around Us

Fall 2013 -- How to Cope in Tough Times

Late Summer 2013 - The Priceless Gift of Friendship

Midsummer 2013 -- My Luck is Pretty Good Luck

Early Summer 2013 -- Slow Down Enough to Smile

Late Spring 2013 -- Recognizing Gifts

Spring 2013 -- Doing the Best We Can

Early Spring 2013 -- Know Where You're Going

Holiday 2012 -- Our Power to Adapt

Fall 2012 -- Gratitude for What We Have

Early Fall 2012 -- See the Beauty in Front of Us

Late Summer 2012 -- Modify So It Works for You

Summer 2012 -- Finding Balance

Early Summer 2012 -- Go Ahead and Take that Risk!

Late Spring 2012 - Trusting Your Gut

Spring 2012 - Living Life to the Fullest

Early Spring 2012 - New Year, No Excuses

Winter 2011 - A Thoughtful Tip

Holiday 2011 - How Did I Get Here?

Fall 2011 - Giving Thanks for What We Already Have

Late Summer 2011 - Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Midsummer 2011 - Friends Through Thick and Thin

Early Summer 2011 - The Power of Nice

Late Spring 2011 - The Gifts of Spring

Spring 2011 - Worst Case Scenario

Early Spring 2011 - Break Away From the Herd

Winter 2010 - Lessons From Feral Kitty

Holiday 2010 - The Art of Imperfection

Fall 2010 - When the Student is Ready...

Late Summer 2010 - Saddle Up

Midsummer 2010 - Hurry Up and Wait

Early Summer 2010 - Don't Just Stand There. Do Something!

Late Spring 2010 - Gifts From My Mother

Spring 2010 - Taking That First Step

Early Spring 2010 - I Think it's Time

Winter 2009 - Choose Love, Not Fear

Holiday 2009 - Paying it Forward

Fall 2009 - You're Not Alone

Late Summer 2009 - "Searching" for Peace

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