I became acquainted with Julie Becker on a personal level when she called to interview me for the April 2011 cover story she was writing on ePIFanyNowâ¢ for TheÂ Capital Area Womenâs Lifestyle Magazine.Â Â http://cawlm.com/article/bob-hoffman-the-art-of-being-nice/Â Â Â We stayed in close touch after that first lunch, and this past month Julie wrote me the nicest letter which brought tears to my eyes.Â Hereâs a portion of what she wrote:
âI’m sure people tell you often what an inspiration and positive light you are to everyone you come in contact with — but I hope you know what a lasting impression our friendship has made on my life.â
Julie went on to say that sheâs been inspired to start theÂ Beautiful Buttons Project. Â Â She creates small buttons that say âYou are Beautifulâ Â with the idea sheâll pass them out to as many people as possible and ask them to do the same.Â Another way to pass-it-forward!Â Julie wrote, âBeautiful Buttons feels inspired by your acts of kindness, and ePIFany parties, and everything you’re about!â
Iâm excited when other people are inspired to do great things to change our world for the better!Â Julie Becker is one of these people.
Who/what inspires me:Â Ideas. I am so fascinated and inspired by the possibility of new ideas that I decided to make a career out of it. Ideas can be powerful and far-reaching; limited only by what we believe to be possible. To live in a place where we can dream and speak our minds and easily share our ideas is an amazing opportunity. Each day I am excited to see what we will think of next.
Slogan/motto/mantra:Â I like to live with the words:Â don’t let your dreams be dreams. It’s a nice reminder that limits are self-imposed and self-released.Â
Lesson/thought to share:Â A friend who often emails me displays the following quote in his email footer:Â “Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” As humans, I believe a little empathy goes a long way. Exercising our ability to see the good in others and respect and embrace our struggles is what makes the journey a little more bearable. Hugs are helpful, too.
Dealing with stress:Â When I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I try to turn that negative energy into positive motivation. Whether it’s a fast-approaching deadline or sad news from home — I remind myself that in all bad there is some good. It’s about taking those little bits of good, those lessons or motivators and reminding ourselves what we’ve been called to do â¦ and just keep doing it to the best of our ability. If that doesn’t work, I just recite the serenity prayer and pour myself a big glass of wine.
Anything I want to share:Â We all have an amazing gift to share with the world. If we can tap into that gift and commit ourselves to it, in some way — big or small — imagine how differently (awesome) the world would look. Life is so, so short; find the thing that makes you happy and do it up, real big. When you strike happiness, everything else will fall into place.