I received a powerful and welcomed Christmas gift this week. It’s so meaningful that I am going to give it to you. And then ask you to pass it on – to as many people you can. This gift is summed up in a four letter word. Here it is.
I hope (from the bottom of my heart) you will read this post to the end. Then take action. Go on- do it. Please. Probably 90 seconds and it will be done. After all, it’s my last post for the year (Possums will be back mid-January). In fact, as an extra bonus, there are two stories in this one post: linked, meaningful, reflective. Perfect for this time of year.
You see, I was given a great gift this week, and also the opportunity to give others a similar gift. And this gift is summed up in one, very simple word. It is something we all need in our lives.
Yes- hope. That’s what I felt- very powerfully- when I read this week the Principal’s review in the annual report of a girl’s school in Sydney. My heart literally beat faster (no exaggeration) when I read how she described the school’s purpose:
“ It is our aim that (girls at this school) graduate as Renaissance women- creative, resilient, articulate and well-educated, filled with a sense of humor and a capacity for adventure. We aim for our students to develop integrity, grace, a sense of purpose, and a strong moral and ethical outlook, raised to value service and to be a proactive and positive voice for others.”
Hope. I felt a great sense of hope reading that… for young people, for a better world, for being able to have a go and make a difference. Can’t explain it really. It just lifted my spirits.
Then I Got The Phone Call
And then the phone rang. It was the Cancer Council. They had read my recent Possums posts about the habits I had changed since my throat cancer scare. They asked me to be an Ambassador for Quit For Cancer, an initiative whereby individuals are encouraged to quit a bad habit of their choice in February…. And hopefully kick a bad habit for good.
Giving The Gift Of Hope
Of course I said YES. I have a story to share, want to help raise money for cancer, and help give cancer sufferers hope. I have already made significant lifestyle changes to give me hope of longevity- a better chance to be around longer for my loved ones. And by being an Ambassador for Quit For Cancer I can perhaps help persuade others to quit a bad habit, and help them achieve their goals.
My only problem is I have very few bad habits left to give up! I’ve stopped smoking cigars, drink almost no alcohol, have lost 10 kilograms in 10 weeks, am getting pretty fit, etc. I reckon what I’ll do instead is start a habit: meditation, every day, for February. And thereby reduce the bad habit of addiction to stress, and resistance to being ‘present.’
What You Can Do- If You Feel So Inclined
a) Give up a bad habit for February- and get sponsors
b) Sponsor me…. Please. Every dollar counts. If you’ve enjoyed Possums this year, and got any value out of it, please consider making a small donation. Here’s my link:
I really appreciate you reading Possums this year, and for your feedback. Thank you. I have learnt a lot. I wish you all a safe and peaceful holiday season (if your part of the world is celebrating a holiday season), and here’s to an inspiring, fun-filled year of learning and growth in 2013.