[This week Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn reminds us to share the love.]
Every single one of us contributes to the hooping community in some way or another. But whether you participate in ways large, small, or in-between, we’ve all been known to grow discouraged. Would anyone care if I didn’t organize this hoop jam every week? Does anyone appreciate the extra time I put into the playlist for my classes? Where is the support for my new hooping event? Why did no one comment on my photo? Does anybody watch the hooping tutorials I make? Does anyone read my blog? (Yikes.)
Nobody jumps headfirst into the hooping community expecting to be praised for their efforts. Hoopers give their time for the same reasons that they hoop – it’s changing the way we approach our lives. We want to share it with others. We want to be of service to one another. That said, encouragement from the community is ultimately what keeps folks giving what they do. And encouraging one another is something each of us can and should do. Because our larger community enjoys a limitless online existence, that’s something we can accomplish in 60 seconds or less every day.
Here are the uber-pertinent and closing thoughts from one of the best articles to appear so far on Hooping.org, Philo Hagen’s December column, “For the Joy of Hooping All Year Round:”
“On hooping.org and elsewhere it only takes a fraction of a second to “like” something. It costs you nothing to do so. It only takes a minute to leave a comment and someone is really going to appreciate the minute that you spent thinking of them. Every photo, every video, every news story is attached to a hooper, or two, or three. Why practice random acts of love and kindness when we can practice deliberate ones daily, right where we are? We all find the joy of hooping when we start, but we all need a hoop hug from our peers from time to time to keep us in the spin.”
I can’t make the point more clearly than Philo does here, but that won’t stop me from underlining it and urging all of us to make it a habit. Nay, even to make it a part of our hoop practice. We can only strengthen our hooping community by demonstrating our appreciation for one another. In fact, I’m pretty eager to see what kind of new life we can breathe into one another just by giving voice to our appreciation. If you’re one of those feeling discouraged today, the fastest way to wrench yourself out of that rut is by taking a moment to give someone else the pat on the back you need yourself! Nobody knows better than we that it all comes full circle.
From the Mouth of My Mini Hooper. I don’t want to end this article without telling you who inspired it. Yesterday morning, as I was gearing up to write today’s column, I asked my four year-old daughter Navi what she thought I should write about. Here’s the conversation that followed:
Navi: Well, do you know the people that will read it?
Me: I know some of them. Some of them I don’t know.
Navi: And some of them know each other? And some don’t know each other yet? (LOVE how she threw in that “yet,” right?).
Me: Yes, I guess that’s true.
Navi: OK. You should email someone you don’t know and say, ‘Hi. I’m Lara. You’re an awesome hooper.’ Then, you should email someone you do know and say, ‘I love you.’
Add Hoop-Love to Your Hoop Practice. There you go, my friends. It’s as simple as that. I’m committing myself to doing some form of my daughter’s suggestion every day for the next month (We hoopers love our 30-day challenges!). And I’m inviting you to do the same. Comment on a video you especially enjoyed. Write your hoop hero a love note. Thank the person that brings your community together every week. Better yet, make a list of all the people you especially appreciate in the hooping community (the ones you know AND the ones you don’t know yet) and tackle one each day. (I put mine on a post-it note on the wall behind my computer). Remember, it just takes a minute, but the effects of showing small gratitudes will quickly snowball!
Lara Eastburn has been dancing in meadows and singing with the moon while spinning in circles for eons at Superhooper.org. Beyond commenting here, you can also discuss this and other topics related to the Hooposophy for living in Hooping.org’s Hooposophy Group and Gorum. Lara is also the planting and gardening force behind discovering our hooping community roots at The Hooping Family Tree Project.