November 2022 Update from Pollyanna
November 2022
Dear Friend,
We will soon enter that time of the year when many of us spend more time with family and friends to celebrate secular and religious holidays. Many people refer to the upcoming months as the “season of giving.” And, yes, this time of year often asks us to reflect upon what it might mean to be generous in a complicated world filled with much need.
But what if we reframed our thinking about these months? Instead of viewing it as an island within a longer calendar year, what if we used this time of celebration, family, and connection to center ourselves, find peace and calm amidst the bustle of life, and position ourselves to possess a spirit of generosity all year long?
In Japanese culture, there is a concept called Ikigai. This concept essentially means “live and reason,” and can be thought of as encapsulating a person’s motivation on a daily basis. To find one’s ikigai is to discover and adhere closely to the values, practices, and relationships that help you to find purpose and follow your life’s motivation. The article linked above describes the 5 pillars of ikigai, which are:
  • Starting small
  • Releasing yourself
  • Harmony and sustainability
  • The joy of little things
  • Being in the here and now

No one needs reminding about how the events of the last few years have knocked some of us off of our centers. Many of us feel a little more vulnerable, a little less in control of the circumstances around us. As the holiday season ramps up the stress of travel, expectations, and tending to relationships, what if we all gave ourselves the gift of a little ikigai?  

The idea of ikigai seems so powerful on an individual level, but it also can work on a community level. Pollyanna’s ikigai is to work for greater racial justice, equity, and belonging for all people. Taking on this monumental task requires being rooted in each of the five pillars listed above. Whether we are starting small, finding joy in small steps, or being present; I am proud of and grateful for how each member of the Pollyanna team and community contributes to our overarching goal. 

While we find ourselves entering a season of celebration and generosity in a world that feels less and less stable, our individual and collective ikigai offers us a road map for navigating the world as the best versions of ourselves.

Casper Caldarola

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