While we believe that doing good is not solely reserved for the holidays, we certainly appreciate that it is a time where thoughtfulness can be in bloom. One of our newest Goodsmiths – Carina Tomietto, founder of Finders and Makers – shares her thoughts on being truly authentic at this magical time of year.
Thank you for the guest post, Carina.
“Each year as the holiday season approaches, many of us start to feel the same sense of dread. […] The need to tick all the names off our lists, to buy for those we love, for those we have to (and let’s not forget those random co-workers – damn Secret Santa), overrides our own personal values in many cases.
Without focusing on any specific religion or set of beliefs, the spirit of giving – whatever the reason – comes from a pure place inside of us. In most cases, its intent is to bring joy to the recipient, but consumerism has reshaped that value into something else. Something that looks like it might once have been joy, is now a weird mixture of things that leave us calculating and justifying rather than choosing with an authentic purpose in mind.
“Finding the inspiring individuals who make beautiful things is our authentic purpose.”