At the end of every Gretchen Rubin Happier podcast, Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth give out one gold star and one demerit based on their experiences, perceptions, or whatever, from the previous week. I decided to do a riff on that today and, because I’m a fan of focusing on the positive, I’m giving out 3 gold stars this week.
- Community volunteers. I’m talking about the people who serve on boards and committees . . . the people who step up and run for public office . . . the people who sponsor events to spread kindness and build relationships. These are the people who make a difference every day and our communities are better places to be because of them.
- TikTok Creators. Don’t roll your eyes, hear me out! I’m not talking about drama and bullshit (and goddess knows there’s plenty of that over there) I’m talking about creators who use their platform to educate us, to debunk misinformation, to explain how the world looks and works to and for them. I’m particularly grateful to black, indigenous, and people of color (especially women) for the work they do to educate me. It’s a great opportunity to sit back and just listen. I learn something every single time.
- Health Care workers. You know that I have had lots of appointments in health care facilities since last fall. I’ve seen my own doctor as well as two doctors in other practices. I’ve had blood drawn and x-rays taken and CT scans done. And, with the exception of one cranky receptionist (one time) and one diet-pushing nutritionist, these people have been wonderful to me. I have experienced kindness and patience and I have felt that I’ve-got-you feeling numerous times and I’m grateful to all of them for being there to help me and so many others.
I hope you have people in your world that deserve a gold star today. Maybe you’ll be inspired to tell me about them in the comments or give them a gold star on your own blog one of these days.
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