This week we have seen emotions swing with the pendulum of prospective change. Fear, anger, disappointment, elation, confidence, excitement. Many of us have felt one or all of these sentiments as America chose its leader for the next four years. While we here at Generous Giant don't aim to be political, we do aim to be aware of the events happening around us. It is without judgement that we watch and listen and simply observe the goings on. As many of our friends became distraught at the prospect of four more years of what they had viewed as failed leadership, we saw others come out to encourage and comfort. One of the favorite reminders we saw was a quote attributed to James E. Faust that reminded us that our success as families, and our success as a society had more to do with how we lived in our families, than whom we voted for, or how that person chooses to lead. As the quote gained in popularity throughout the week, it was great to observe this wonderful reminder being shared and shared again. It was wonderful to see so many comforted to be reminded that success starts at home. Last week's challenge (which sadly was deleted and is unrecoverable due to formatting changes made to our Generous Giant blog) for living in generosity was to observe the tone of your own internal conversations. Was it fearful? Negative? Insulting? Or are you habitually a kind person, even unto yourself? If you can answer that you are in fact habitually kind, we congratulate you! What a wonderful trait to possess. Have you always been this way? Or is it a learned habit? But if you found instead that your thoughts lingered in the realms of negativity, what did you notice about this habit? Were there specific activities or places that prompted this kind of internal discourse? I challenge you to observe the pattern, and then to prepare to change it.
Success does indeed begin in the home, and by my thoughts, success at home begins with love at home, and love is best given by one who knows love. This is a journey my friends, and it has a beginning and a destination. Will you join us on our journey to discover love in our hearts and spread it through our homes, into our communities, and over the world?
We hope you do.
For today, start the journey with a promise. A promise to love yourself more, by using kind words.