Christmas Eve Eve, and here I am in the office doing what I do pretty much every “working day.”
As I was rolling down the driveway this morning, so was my (ONLY) neighbor Randy in his mule.
I like Randy, and we seldom cross paths close enough to talk, so when we do, we seize the moment and catch up. Mostly, we talk about family and things that happen in the Hollow . . . Today we talked about Joy and Happiness. Randy lost his sister a few months ago, and this was our first encounter since her departure.
The first thing he said to me with tears in his eyes was: “I guess you heard I lost my sister?”
I said: “Of course! Betty (another neighbor) called me that morning and Vicki (Randy’s wife) stopped by to let me know.”
We’re all family in the Waller “Owen Hollow!
With a glimmer of a warm smile, Randy asked about my daughters Jessica and Allison. He didn’t say so, but I know he was fishing for the news that Jessica and Allison would be “Home for Christmas” . . . Randy doesn’t know them well, and he loves them and they love him.
These are the embers of joy during this season . . . and as we nurture these joy embers with breath, we see them come to life with magnificent dancing flames . . . of happiness which bring with them fond memories of good times with good people who may or may not be here now.
The embers of joy are always within us prepared to receive whatever whisper of breath might whistle a happy tune.
Through the years, I’ve learned that finding joy in others results in contagious Happiness.
Speaking of happiness . . . There’s an AMAZING event happening here in Nashville March 16-22
A couple months ago, I learned about the World Happiness Festival and the more I learned about this, the more I just KNOW that THIS is precisely the right time for this right here in Nashville, TN.
So . . . I have committed to Host the World Happiness Festival 2020 – Nashville Agora
There’s LOTS of “work to be done” as we design an “Open Space Meeting” way of experiencing this World Enhancing Event “Nashville Style”. Each of the 7 days, we will Open Space around the main event theme of the day . . . 7 days . . . 7 Open Space Meetings – Participants can come to any or ALL meetings . . . and the world will be happier and healthier.
First – I hope you’ll show up by joining the Facebook group HERE. . .
Will you be “Present” and take responsibility for your passion for World Happiness?
We are now at “Phase 2” of preparing our Nashville Agora, and we need EVERYONE to participate.
2 “Things to do NOW”
Thing 1 – Find the perfect venue for 50-100 People with the possibility of more (scale-able) . . . The ideal place is one that has one very large space and several (5-7) potential “Break-out spaces”. 7 full days March 16-22 with good Internet connection. Think Churches, Vacant Commercial Spaces, Schools, Community centers, ANY “Event Venue” not currently booked – Outside spaces (Pavilion) would be awesome.
Thing 2 – Find some local “right” Strategic Partner Sponsors. (The World Happiness Festival IS a 501(c)(3) organization) . . . This is a GLOBAL initiative, and I am certain would be a tremendous visibility boost for any business or cause. The sponsorship funds will defray any costs related to the event (Venue & Food) with any excess to the charity. Think Banks, Corporate HQs, Community Organizations, Chambers of Commerce, Local Government Officials (Mayor – Governor)
This World Happiness festival “Scaled” VERY quickly in the past 3 years primarily due to “Collaborators” (People of Influence) getting the word out amongst their peers/colleagues.
THIS is EXACTLY the right time for THIS in NASHVILLE.
We welcome your full participation through connecting with your “Right People” and inviting them to engage in whatever way they are moved to participate.
Please connect with me directly through Facebook or email Barry@Paretorealtyllc.com
PS – 2020 is going to be a fantastic year to buy and/or sell a house – If you’re contemplating a move, NOW is a GREAT time to get the process started . . . Let’s GO!