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Developing a sense of hopefulness helps us maintain a positive focus on the future.

Hopefulness has many facets. Three of the most important are: a sense of purpose, a devotion to service, and a sense of faith.

Today’s focus: Purpose.

Purpose: a positive focus on what’s important. Having a sense of purpose is essential.  Like a compass or the North Star, purpose provides direction and helps keep us on course—in our relationships, at work, and beyond.

When I was growing up, I remember my mom saying, “Any road will get you there if you don’t know where you’re going.”  What are your goals for today, tomorrow, and next week? What kind of relationships do you desire with your friends, your children, your spouse? What do you want to finish or begin by the end of this year?

When the going gets rough, people who are purpose-focused are more successful in navigating life’s adversities and storms.

Because they naturally concentrate on the future, individuals who are purpose-focused have something meaningful to look forward each day. What are you excited about and looking forward to today?

Next time, I’ll focus on service.

Pass It On!

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As hard as times are, there are so many people who will give of their time, energy, and ingenuity to help others. A little over a week ago, a 9-year old girl named Chloe wanted to do something to help the dozens of people who lost everything they owned when their apartment complex burned to the ground. What began as a simple outreach has turned into a drive for food, clothing, and household items to help these families get back on their feet.

Remembering a fire that devastated her family when she was just a child, one neighbor summed up Chloe’s efforts by saying, “Chloe is not just collecting household items, she’s giving hope.”

We are each other’s keeper. What can you do to be the difference that makes a difference in somebody’s life today?

Pass It On!

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Sanctuary renews our spirit and feeds our soul. Not only is Sanctuary a time-out-of-time for self-care, it’s also a universal, time-honored way to care for others. Sanctuary is about “me” and “we.” When I was a little girl, my mother used to tell me and my four sisters to “make yourself useful”… even though we were still doing our chores.

Little did I know, my mom was teaching us not busyness for busyness sake, she was planting seeds of Sanctuary. By giving, reaching out, and being of service to others, we received gifts that money can’t buy—blessings of Sanctuary: compassion, abundance, and joy.

Here are a few simple ways to take care of yourself and make yourself useful to others—at the same time:

– As the days grow shorter, take time to pause… and say a simple thank you for the many blessings of each day—a roof over your head, friends, food on your table… maybe even a few extra bucks to buy some beans or a loaf of bread for someone else.

– Put on some soothing music and light a candle to remind yourself of the many miracles in your life… and to bring much-needed light and prayer into some of the darkest corners of our world—the 75% of people around the world who don’t have a roof over their head, who sleep each night hungry, hopeless, and afraid… who walk miles every single day in search of clean drinking water.

– Read an inspirational book—and then send it and a few more of your other gently used books to our service men and women. Take a moment and include a note of gratitude for all they do to defend our country.

–  Give thanks. Gratitude changes us. Literally! When you say thanks with a full, joyful heart, your body produces more dopamine, which is why you just feel better when you reach out to others.  As you extend gratitude to others—join us in the Seattle community on Tuesday, December 8, as we express our deep gratitude and keep vigil for four slain officers and their families. Put a blue light in your window or on your front porch in gratitude and remembrance.

– Take a walk—alone or with a friend or another loved one. In silence, as you walk, count your blessings… share them with your companion along your way—and for every step you take, consider donating some amount of your time to a local community center, school, church, mosque, synagogue, group home, or shelter… knowing that getting involved is just as important as your money, if not more so.

– Spend time in nature, focusing your attention on something you don’t normally notice—birds, leafless trees with nests in them, rocks, colors, the sound of wind, rain, snow beneath your feet, your own mighty heartbeat—and remember that you’re part of nature, not separate from it. Care for all of nature as if it belonged to you, because indeed it does.

Enjoy the blessings of Sanctuary and the season—Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

The truly wealthy give until it feels good.

Pass It On!

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Join me and four other community leaders for a dialogue about navigating today’s challenges with hope and optimism. Community leaders include Gloria Burgess, author, poet, and leadership consultant; Jerry Large, Seattle Times Columnist; Peter Morgan, Executive VP of Group Health; Maria Ramirez, Executive Director of Compaña Quetzal, and Michael Ramos, Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle. (more…)

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Here’s an article called Obama Taps into Our Yearning for Meaning, Spirituality by Desiree Cooper. Whether you find meaning and spirituality in religion or elsewhere, Cooper captures the heart of what most of us yearn for—involvement and responsibility that delves into the realms of faith and politics in a way that can engage the very best that is within us–individually and collectively.

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Here’s an inspiring new book, The Power of Giving, by Azim Jamal and Harvey McKinnon. Book reviewer Kolin Lymworth notes that the authors expand the definition of “giving” to include “…the giving of kindness, ideas, advice, attention, skills, time, hope, love, touch, and much more.” We can always something in ourselves to give, especially important in these trying times.

 

 

 

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There’s an interesting article titled, “Mind Over Matters Through Meditation” by Catherine Guthrie. She shows us the importance of making time for yourself – even if it’s only a few minutes day. I believe meditation is important because it helps you slow down, breathe in what nourishes you, and breathe out what’s bad for you. Don’t you owe it to yourself to slow down, breathe in kindness and hope, and breathe out anger, frustration, fear, or whatever else you need to let go of?

Dare to do it–take a few minutes right now and meditate. You’ll do something good for yourself… and others.

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