“I have a rabbit’s foot, a four-leaf clover, and a lucky charm. The only problem is, none of them become effective until I do.”
A Message from Founder/Executive Director, Cynthia Brian
As we welcome in the Year of the Rabbit, it's a perfect time to focus on empowerment and encouragement. I have adopted and raised bunnies since I was a little girl and find them to be smart, sweet, strong, affectionate, and fast. Rabbits are one of my favorite creatures. People born in the year of the Rabbit are believed to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded, and ingenious. Does this describe you?
Empowerment is about giving people the tools and resources they need to take control of their lives, to make their own decisions, and to create the future they want. Encouragement is about providing support and motivation to help people achieve their goals. Together, empowerment and encouragement can help us all to lead happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.
In the coming year, let us all make a commitment to empowering and encouraging those around us. Whether it's a family member, a friend, a colleague, or a stranger, we can all make a difference by offering a helping hand, a kind word, or a listening ear.
One way to empower others is by giving them a voice. This can be done by being an active listener and providing an opportunity for them to express themselves and have their opinions heard. Encourage them to share their ideas, thoughts, and feelings, and create an environment where they feel safe and respected.
Another way to empower others is by providing them with the resources they need to succeed. This can be done by sharing knowledge, providing access to education, or offering financial assistance. Encourage them to take risks, to learn from their mistakes and to strive for their goals.
Finally, let us all endeavor to be a positive influence in the lives of others. Encourage others to be their best selves, to believe in themselves and to be resilient in the face of challenges. Let us be a light in the darkness, a beacon of hope, and an inspiration to all those around us.
As we hop into the Year of the Rabbit, aspire to assist, support, and motivate those around us, while being empowered and encouraged in return. When you are your unapologetically authentic self, service to others is easy. Every one is unique and everyone counts.
No matter how many lucky charms you have, until you go into action to be affective, nothing will be effective.
For 2023, I pledge to welcome, support, listen, value, and encourage our constellation of stars through kindness, inclusivity, generosity, and gratitude.
Will you join me?
Together, we can create a brighter future for ourselves and for the world.
Happy New Year!
Be the Star You Are!®
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Moraga, California 94556
Words To Remember
by Karen Kitchel
I asked many people this important question: “What was something said to you that you will never forget?”
Here’s a sampling of the responses:
“When I grow up, I want to be you.” “Your mental health is more important than maintaining a toxic friendship.” “I do believe in fairies. And Santa Claus. And leprechauns. Don’t let the magic go away.” “If you don’t believe in miracles, miracles won’t happen.” “Life’s most difficult issue, which causes so much pain, is learning to say goodbye.” “Don’t say ‘good-bye’. Say ‘farewell, until we meet again.’” “Never say never.” “Everything is possible when you are willing to work to achieve it.” “Be brave.” “Take measured risks.” “Be the Star You Are!”
What words will you speak today that may empower someone to remember?
Karen Kitchel who penned two chapters in the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, is the Kindness Coordinator volunteer with BTSYA. She serves meals to the homeless and is a volunteer teacher, writer, job coach, and mentor. www.scatteringkindness.com
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With gratitude and encouragement to make 2023 a great year!