Creating the Future eJournal
December 19, 2016
What have you seen today?
Our Holiday Gifts to You, to Bring Out Your Best
We have two gifts for you this holiday season. They are both the result of powerful questions. We hope they both help bring out the best in you and those around you during this holiday season and beyond.

Our first gift is 79 songs people shared in answer to this question: What songs give you strength when you’re not feeling strong? The list ranges from Nirvana to Blackalicious to Rodgers & Hammerstein. Listen here…

Our second gift riffs off last week’s eJournal, where we offered things you can try right now, to infuse joy into your everyday encounters during this holiday season. It is a story of what happened when Hildy did just that, on a day when she wasn’t feeling particularly joyful. Read more here…

If you didn’t get last week’s eJournal and you’d like to experiment with bringing out the best in people, here are some things to try:

  • In stores, try asking the cashier, “What has been the best thing about your day so far?”

  • At holiday parties, when you meet new people, try asking, “What are you most excited about in life these days?” (Instead of asking, “So, what do you do?”)

  • At family gatherings, instead of arguing politics, try asking and listening, NOT so you can argue back, but to know the person, not just their positions. “Uncle Harry, how did you meet Aunt Jane?” or “Cousin Susan, what led you to choose nursing as a career? Did you always want to be a nurse?” Get to know the person behind the persona.
It’s easy to 
bring out the best in other people, because deep down we all want to be appreciated and listened to. This holiday season, give it a try. And please hit reply to this email and let us know what happens! 

One Last Thing… 

Readers of this eJournal know that Creating the Future is a collection of people around the world, experimenting to see how much more humane the world could be in just 10 years, if everyone were bringing out the best in those around them.

The resources we share through our eJournal are a big part of accomplishing that mission.

If you find our work of benefit, please help us accomplish that mission through a one-time or monthly financial contribution. Contribute here…

We are grateful that you are on this journey, taking steps to bring out the best in yourself and those around you.

We wish you all the possibilities this life holds, in 2017 and beyond.

the Future
is a collection of people around the world, supporting each other in a grand experiment.

The experiment:
To determine how much better the world could be if the questions we ask in our day to day lives are bringing out the best in each other.

If everyone, everywhere, is bringing out the best in every person they encounter – and if the systems that guide our behaviors are built to bring out the best in all of us - how much closer will we all be to a healthy, humane world that works for all of us?
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