Gather round and let me tell you about the year I fell in love with gift-giving again. About five years ago, my family decided we would save money by only buying gifts for the kids and we would do something “homemade” for the adults. We tried compiling a family cookbook, we assembled DIY food and baking mixes, and then we landed on a goldmine - the annual Family Film Festival. No, the films we screened were not all a family genre, but rather that the only ones who could participate were family.
It. was. EPIC! Suddenly, where we once felt strained to give, we now felt an overwhelming sense of abundance. We recognized our need to still exchange “gifts”, but honored what we were able to give. Where we could not give money, we doubled-down on time, effort, and creativity. Now, I don’t expect anyone else to pick up this trend, but I think the applicable lesson is that it is worth it to be generous with what you have than scarce with what you don’t.
As the new year approaches, consider what you can contribute to the Stage 32 Community and thus give to others. How can you offer your time or attention to someone else in order to invest in their journey they others have invested in you. And without a doubt, that generosity comes back to you in beautiful and unexpected ways.
Our top posts today embody the creative cycle generated from such generosity - reflect, adapt, change, and innovate. I can’t imagine better breeding grounds for starting strong in the new year! Lounge posts are always meant to give creatives from around the world a way to share and lift each other up. May you be lifted while you lift. Here are the Top 10 posts you should jump in on and comment on!
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