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#CHOOSELOVE

While we can’t visit their signature pop-up Experience this year, COVID-19 hasn’t stopped this incredible organization, Choose Love from spreading goodness to those in need. People can scatter Joy by purchasing real products for refugees through their online store. Divided into the three phases of a refugee’s journey – Arrival, Shelter, and Future – the online platform allows visitors to step into the shoes of a refugee and then personally select how, and in what way, to make an impact.  All the items chosen are delivered to people facing winter in the most difficult circumstances. Last year alone, the pop-up and online platform helped provide refugees with 800,000 nutritious meals, 3,556 nights of accommodation, 25,000 winter essentials, and 100,000 items for babies and children. 

In this season of giving and our final month of LOVING, we’re inspired by this reminder to always Choose Love and the power of this simple message: “We all have a choice. To be motivated by fear and animosity, to build walls and turn our backs on the world. Or to nurture the hopeful; to recognize our common future. To choose love. The world can feel broken, but these cracks are letting in light.” Let’s all be the LOVING agents of possibility and #ChooseLove.


You Matter Marathon

There is a “You Matter” marathon this month that we invite you to join and share. It is a global initiative that makes a positive difference between individuals and within communities by simply being in the Moment and choosing to use that interaction to show people how much they matter. 

Now more than ever, people are feeling alone and craving meaningful Connections. This inspiring story shares one power of one Moment of kindness. While at the grocery store, one woman noticed another customer struggling. Rather than passively doing nothing or pretending not to notice, she decided to create a Moment by handing her a card with two simple words that made all the difference.  It was a small gesture, yet created a lasting impression for both the giver and receiver.   

Let’s do our part to spark some much needed compassion and kindness in the world—it’s a little bit of good that goes a long way—and one Moment is all it takes. 


The Art of Doing Nothing

Is there something in doing nothing? In Jenny Odell’s book “How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy”  and this companion piece, Odell shares her insights and lessons in the importance of having a place to escape from work –a place to sit, Be, and dream. For her, doing “’Nothing’ is neither a luxury nor a waste of time, but rather a necessary part of meaningful thought and speech.”   Odell meanders eloquently through so many beautiful examples of Being. Depictions of art where elements within a picture are removed to reveal a new story. Spaces like labyrinths or a window to the sky inviting guests to pause, slow down and simply Be. She reminds us of green environments like gardens and parks and public buildings where we become “citizens with agency” and yet are often not seen as commercially important even though they provide so much value.  Even noticing birds helps us pay deep attention to the world around us and who we are Being in this world. We often don’t give ourselves the time and space to escape and yet what healing or new possibilities might emerge if we did?