3 Inspirational Gifts for the Holidays and 2016

newyearSometimes, in the middle of the hectic holiday season, with global newspapers full of fear, I search for (or create) articles or slide presentations that give me hope. Such are the following 3 items in this post – gifts of hope for you and me for this holiday season and 2016.

The first is an article from The Atlantic Magazine with a summary of some global things to be thankful for from this past year:

2015: The Best Year in History for the Average Human Being

The second is a slide presentation that I created two years ago to illustrate a poem by David Whyte, author of The Heart Aroused. I think it is as inspirational now as it was then (to view it in full screen mode, just click on the white slanted arrows in the bottom of the slide screen):

Enough: A Poem of Hope for 2014 from Sharon Bowman

The third is another slide presentation I created to illustrate a poem by Helen Weaver Horn:

The Broken Place: A Poem of Hope from Sharon Bowman

May we all know that it is enough: to begin. May we all spring green for 2016!

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  • Thanks so much for your kind comments, Adwin – it means a lot to know that, even in small ways, my work and writing makes a difference. Cheers to you and yours for 2016! Sharon

  • Hi Sharon,
    I found your Linkedin after viewing your Slideshare presentation about ‘Teaching Adults.’ I appreciate your work and found it more than helpful. And thanks for spreading some good vibes with your Inspirational gifts. Keep up the good work. You are helping folks out here!

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