I often write for fun and because I really like to goof around, but the combination of Nelson Mandela’s death and the coming holiday season has me thinking about serious topics. There are many songs that I find inspiring, such as From a Distance by Julie Gold and also Soon Love Soon by Vienna Teng. There are short stories that mean a lot this time of year such as Gift of the Magi by O. Henry and of course, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. My sister wrote one that continues to inspire me called Onward: A Christmas Journey, and then there is a rather obscure but classic kid’s story called, The Mole Family’s Christmas. I’m sure you have your own favorites.
So there’s our challenge. Whether it’s a poem, song, story, bit of family history, anecdote, or some creative nonfiction—share an inspiring piece to carry us into the holidays on a high note. While references to other inspiring stories are welcome, I hope to see your writing here.