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5 writers. 200,000 donors. A true reason to shout hallelujah! #IStandWithLove

“Love is worth all the hullaballo.”—Cheryl Strayed

I didn’t plan to write a blog post this morning. I’m out the door in 5 minutes. But I’m so stoked about this amazing piece of news that I really have no choice.

Five writers raised $1 million to help Syrian refugees in a mere 31 hours. That’s barely more than a day.

But what’s even cooler is that this great gift to our suffering brothers and sisters was raised by all of us together. No one gave more than $25 which means the little guys came together for a great cause. Without politicians. Or institutions.

I’d also like to thank the Donald Trumps and the Isils of the world who, on some cosmic level, agreed to play the part of the “bad guys” so the rest of us can come together and prove to ourselves what is truly possible. Maybe these “dark forces” are part of the universe’s bigger plan? Not for me to judge. My only job is keep holding out for love. For a higher Truth.

The whole scenario gives me SO. MUCH. HOPE. Anything is possible. We CAN change the world, guys. And no better time to be reminded of that than Christmas. The light is definitely here.

Enjoy your holidays. Make it the best one ever. And remember to do more of what you want to do and less of what you think you should.

I love you all SO MUCH.

Signing off from Lincoln Street.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and its equally-scintillating sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

“Dance like no one is watching. Love like you’ve never been hurt.”–Mark Twain

“Revolution might sound dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.”—Brene Brown

Just finished Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection. It’s a short, inspiring book, a perfect read for the day I took my daughter back to college. She (my daughter, not Brene) has been home most of the summer and, even though this is the second year I’ve taken her to college, dropping her off for a whole year (it was much easier dropping her off for four hours of kindergarten) still pulls on my heartstrings.

So in honor of moms and daughters and Brene Brown, I’d like to share this story from Brene’s fabulous book.

She and Ellen, her daughter, decided to run to the mall for a quick run-in and run-out. Brene hadn’t washed her hair, was wearing sweats and hoping like hell not to run into anyone she knew.

Eight-year-old Ellen, inspired by an exuberantly joyful song, began doing the robot (it’s a dance they often do at home) in the shoe department. Right in front of, as Brene describes it, “a trio of gorgeous women, tossing their long (clean) hair over their narrow, square shoulders as they perched on their high-heeled, pointed-toe boots, and watched their equally beautiful daughters try on sneakers.”

She says her default setting would have been embarrassment and a diminishing look at her daughter. But instead, as she watched those “magnificent moms…and their daughters visibly on the edge of doing or saying something mean-spirited,” she decided to join right in.

She says, “We stood in the middle of the shoe department and practiced our moves until the song was over. I’m not sure how the onlookers responded to our shoe department Soul Train, because I didn’t take my eyes off Ellen.”

Bravo Brene! And bravo for writing such a wonderful book.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.