Growing up in Georgia, I loved our family's annual December 24 tradition of piling in our car with bellies
full from my mom's traditional ham dinner. My dad would slowly drive through neighborhoods with dimmed headlights
as we observed the magic created from streets lined with glowing white bags lighting the way for Santa's sleigh.
With growing awe and excitement, the illuminated pathway represented hope for wishes soon to be filled.
I launched this annual tradition in 2018 to fulfill my wish to inspire others to end the year by increasing acts of kindness
in our communities from Dec. 1 -24. With the desire that these efforts will unite each of us together, neighbor-to-neighbor and
community-to-community, along with businesses, government and local organizations.
That those good deeds will continue into the new year, strengthening our communities and creating a kinder place to live.
Building Together the Pathway Lit by Kindness
To capture these acts of kindness in an inspiring visual, I am asking each person to place illuminated white paper lunch bags
four-feet apart near the street and across the front of their driveway, home, place of business and organization. Each bag should be lit with one flamed tealight candle (brightness) and one electric candle (duration), and weighted with sand. With Light Up bags in place by 6 p.m. on Dec. 24 and remained lit through the night, it would be my hope that those in the community would drive and walk through neighborhoods and join others to observe the visual created by everyone's kind deeds.
Wishes and Candles
My simple wish today is to increase kindness in the world!
The song on YouTube, "Wishes and Candles," is accompanied by visuals of kind deeds being performed for
strangers. By the end, the pay it forward efforts come full circle back to the initiator.
The video's message reminds us how our lives are interwoven together and the impact kindness
has on those relationships.
The video inspired me to action, to launch
Light Up Georgia With Kindness!