For my family, the holiday festivities are over. We’ve exchanged gifts, shared meals, played together, and laughed much. So while most of you are still in a state of anticipation, I’ve moved on to the introspective part of the year; that fine tradition of the “year in review.” These are some of my lessons from 2017; please feel free to share yours in the comments.
Talk less, listen more.
If you’ll practice setting ego aside and really listening, you’ll be amazed at how much you can learn, and how much more effective you can be in the work for universal human justice.
— Science Mike (@mikemchargue) December 8, 2017
You have two ears and one mouth. Follow that ratio. Listen more, talk less.
— Motivation!! (@motiquotees) December 12, 2017
Gloria Steinem’s message to women and girls: Act like a cat — and “If you have more power, remember to listen as much as you talk. And if you have less power remember, to talk as much as you listen.” #intersectionality #feminism https://t.co/PnCPxXpvAz via @qz
— Informed Opinions (@InformedOps) December 10, 2017
Read. And then read some more.
A non-fiction book recommendation: We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates pic.twitter.com/sCWbsaTCwu
— abook4you (@abook4you) December 19, 2017
Returning home after the final week of the book tour for 2017. This was the last copy of What Happened I signed at our final signing in Seattle. What a terrific journey this has been so far, thank you to all who came out & told me your stories.https://t.co/nqNAMl16yS pic.twitter.com/eYtXqRtdWM
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 16, 2017
Book of the month for December – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – heartbreaking, imaginative, funny, moving and incredibly well written. Also sadly timely… pic.twitter.com/xpxPqvktqP
— Chandy John Lab (@ChandyJohnLab) December 15, 2017
— Tendrin (@Tendrin) December 15, 2017
Today marks 60 years since Dorothy L. Sayers died. She was one of the key figures in golden age crime fiction – our collection of her stories featuring Lord Peter Wimsey is illustrated by Paul Cox. https://t.co/iWCi96XXQe pic.twitter.com/mAt46ofioV
— The Folio Society (@foliosociety) December 17, 2017
Don’t bask in outrage; channel it.
“That is what the bad people are counting on. They’re counting on good people who are too tired, too apathetic, too selfish, or to oblivious to sustain their outrage. I am not going to give that gift to them.”https://t.co/i9ElKDWOXx#saturdaymorning
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) December 16, 2017
— Sherry (@KossackDoReMI) December 19, 2017
Leave room for reflection and silence. Enter into yourself and leave behind all noise. Hear the word in quietness that you may understand it
— Augustine (@AugustineQuots) December 19, 2017
— IndivisibleMV (@IndMysticValley) December 15, 2017
Practice intentional kindness.
I know some folks turn up their nose at conversations about kindness, especially when there’s so much to fight for right now, but intentional kindness should be part of this fight.
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) December 18, 2017
— Kindnessrock (@kindnessrock) August 31, 2017
Sharing kindness requires intentional action but you can choose it any time. You can also practice by letting others share kindness with you pic.twitter.com/bIKDj9h62b
— Ryan Healy (@rdhealy) April 24, 2017
Say thank you.
To you who’s reading this, I want u to know that I, a random person from twitter, cares. And I want to say thank u for fighting your battles. U are doing so well I would greatly want to give u the warmest embrace for that. Pls stay strong. I would love to hug u in person someday.
— ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜᴇ (@kwontwoji) December 19, 2017
whether you pushed me or pulled me, drained me or fueled me, loved me or left me, hurt me or helped me, you were apart of my growth, and for that I want to say Thank You
— B (@brooklyn_shaem) December 19, 2017
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
— Janise Sekhmet (@JaniseSekhmet) December 19, 2017
I’ve been writing on Tuesdays for almost a year now, and I thank all of you for taking the time to read and comment. You have all lifted me up; talked me down; kept me strong; and kept me sane (I have a very loose definition of “sane”). In my tradition, this is a season of love made incarnate, but this community has become my daily reminder of what that actually means. Thank you.