You can download it as a meme or as a GIF. You can buy it on a baby’s onesie or on a t-shirt (front and/or back). You can have it on a mug, a tumbler, or a shot glass. I expect it will be all over Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
“It” is simply the text for “December 31st, 2023” but the format makes all the difference, showing yet again that presentation matters.
While we’re standing about here at the end of the year (at least according to the Gregorian calendar; your results may vary), let me just note that once again I and everyone I know has been passed over for the Order of Canada at any level (member, officer, or companion). Nor were we mentioned in The Hub’s list of 23 stand-out Canadians. Nor, indeed, did any of us appear on any year-end list as far as I know.
We’re all stand-up guys, but I guess our stand-out qualities aren’t obvious. But even though our day-to-day actions won’t get us recognized on honours lists, day by day these actions can make a huge and sustainable difference in our world. So, for the inaugural People’s Choice List, I nominate anyone who, in the last year:
- Left a public space cleaner or safer than they found it
- Left anyone dealing with the public in a better mood than the one they found them in
- Left anyone at all feeling better about themselves (including a special category for taking a risk and complimenting a stranger) (in a non-creepy way)
- Sat with someone in their grief or fear
- Disagreed with someone honestly and respectfully
- Encouraged a child
- Kept their patience with a stranger, friend, or themselves
- Shared their expertise, time, or money with family, neighbours, or their community
- Remembered my appreciation of symmetrical/palindromic numbers and reminded me of this auspicious date – it *is* a thing of beauty, isn’t it?
You all know who you are. Who knows what we can be next year?