What does goodness mean to you?
Goodness is a way of living. It’s waking up each day hoping to make the world a little bit better. It’s making people feel valued. It’s being thankful for what I have. It’s doing what I can to bring joy to others.
Where do you find goodness?
I find goodness in smiles, in hands that hold doors, in hugs, in saying “keep the change,” in a flower still in perfect bloom when I walk by, in the person who takes a moment to compliment a complete stranger. That is to say, I find goodness everywhere and I truly believe that it is, you just have to choose to see it.
That is to say, I find goodness everywhere and I truly believe that it is, you just have to choose to see it.
What do you enjoy doing?
I’m a total sweat junkie and love indoor cycling and barre, spending time with friends and family, walking aimlessly around the city exploring the various neighborhoods, seeing a play or live music, going to an art exhibit/gallery, or having a treat myself day which typically includes nails and a movie.
Who is someone who brings goodness into your life? What do they do / how do they do it?
My soul sister bffs aside, I have to say Holly Rilinger. Holly is a Master Instructor at Flywheel, a Nike Master Instructor, creator of LIFTED, former WNBA player, I could go on. I have been taking Holly’s class at Flywheel for years and now that she has LIFTED, I try to get in as many of those as I can as well. Holly personifies determination, commitment, passion, kindness, and professionalism. She goes after what she wants and never gives up on herself. I always say that the best gift you could ever give someone would be a bottle of Holly. Every time I am in one of her classes, speak to her, or read her weekly newsletter, it centers me. I check in with myself, with my breath, and remember that I can achieve great things.
What is something that you have seen/read/heard lately that has brought a smile to your face?
This morning I was at the sugar/milk/etc. counter in the coffee shop that I go to most days when the woman next to me reached over my drink for a napkin. She hadn’t realized I was there and apologized, explaining she just needed a napkin to clean up her mess. I didn’t mind at all and told her it was nice of her to clean it up in the first place as most people don’t. (In fact, there are many mornings when I find myself cleaning up other’s messes in that exact spot. It’s so rude for people to leave a mess and my baristas work hard. It doesn’t really take any effort on my part to help them out a little.) Low and behold, the woman and I both live in the same building! It was such a nice way to start my day and meet a neighbor.
Rather than hope goodness exists, you need to train yourself to know that it does and know that it comes in all shapes and sizes
What are some ways we can become aware of the goodness in our lives?
I think it comes down to changing your mindset. Rather than hope goodness exists, you need to train yourself to know that it does and know that it comes in all shapes and sizes. A lucky penny, a clever bumper sticker, a quiet moment to yourself to reflect on the day, all of these can be instances of goodness if you let them. Once you get in the habit, you won’t be able to get through a day without seeing goodness.
Leah lives in New York City where she is a Connector and Creator whose work focuses on partnerships, copywriting, and social media strategy and management. She is a sweat enthusiast with a brownie addiction and a love for all things pink. Leah graduated with honors in Literary Arts from Brown University, holds a JD from NYU School of Law, and has a Certificate in Online and Social Media Marketing from Pratt Institute.
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