The grateful pumpkin
It might not be autumn where you live, but the iconography of the large orange pumpkin travels around the world.
People carve faces into them, stick a candle inside and use them to ward off the darkness.
Perhaps we could consider writing on one instead. Inscribing all the things we’re grateful for, all the people who show up in our lives. We could highlight our heroes, our friends, the selfless people who show up for the community instead of simply looking for a shortcut… We could even remind ourselves of the systems, situations and dynamics that we take for granted.
Seeing that pumpkin every day is a great way to remind myself of how extraordinarily lucky I am. Even when it seems as though the news is an unending litany of selfishness and tragedy, it’s possible to find someone who made a difference.
Thank you for caring, for showing up and especially, for leading.