Sunday was National Philanthropy Day and while I absolutely love this holiday to remind us to help others, in my mind every day is philanthropy day. It is like Thanksgiving or National Gratitude Day, a great reminder for something we hopefully practice every day.
Perhaps I am excited about this new word because I love learning new words, especially in other languages. And perhaps being up watching TED Talks at 4:45 this morning as I worked out played a roll in the energy behind this. But no matter the root behind my excitement, what a great word to learn and concept to invite into my life!
I'm grateful to learn the word ubuntu. I'm grateful to feel a connection to others. I'm grateful for a feeling of oneness. I'm grateful to feel a drive to help others uplift themselves. And I'm grateful to see my reflection in that service. I'm grateful for all the help I receive in growing and learning. I'm grateful to wake early and be greeted by such positive feedback. And I'm grateful to start today on a happy, energetic note!
Now taking a moment to focus on it's translation, I am so grateful for the specific people in my life who have helped me become who I am today. I'm grateful for those people that were part of my transitions and those who were even a catalyst to my transitions. I'm grateful for the friendships I developed that have lasted through these changes. I'm grateful for the love I have found because of who I am today. And I'm so grateful for my family who has helped mold me since the day I was born, who are always there for me.
How does the word ubuntu feel to you? Do any people come to mind, specifically, when you think of the translation? Is there someone in your life you are particularly grateful for who has contributed to this feeling?
May today bless you with a feeling of connection. May you find comfort in the word ubuntu and share a universal love with those you meet today. Have a beautiful day!