January is the beginning of a fresh new year and a great time to carry on the spirit of holiday giving. This month, when you see the color aqua, Gentle Aqua that is, think of how valuable you are, and that you can help others each day, even with just a smile.
You might also plan to learn CPR and more about first aid so you are prepared to help someone when you least expect it.
Whether you have made a New Year’s resolution or not, please read and sign the “January Promise” below. It is a lovely treasure I found on this “Becoming Unity in America” journey.
“Help Others” is celebrated in January, because it is right after the holiday season. December’s hopeful holiday spirit of celebration and good will just ends abruptly. Now, all together, we are keeping the holiday “giving” mood going in January by promoting the ideal to “Help Others.”
“Gentle Aqua” is a color to remind us of compassion and caring as it calms the nervous system. Check out your wardrobe and wear a little “aqua” during January.
THE JANUARY “HELP OTHERS” PROMISE*
I promise to be tender with the young,
Compassionate with the aging,
Sympathetic with the striving,
And tolerant with the weak and the wrong...
Because sometime in my life,
I will have been ALL of these!
*The words of this Promise, from an unknown contributor, were allegedly printed in the Washington Post many years ago.
Lend a Hand at helping others float - in the Heritage Festival Parade in Oil City, PA. There were 12 flatbed floats, one for each of the 12 months and each was decorated by a different local non-profit agency or organization. If this were in color you would see that everyone is wearing “gentle aqua” shirts.
Share Your Stories and Ideas
for helping others in January here.
This revolution of good habits will grow because you act on the habits and because you have good ideas for spreading the 12 habits too. As an example, one dentist displayed monthly habits posters.. on the ceiling over his patients - and changed them each month. How COOL is that?? Share YOUR stories and ideas with us and we’ll feature them on the website so others can benefit from your sharing.