My Cup Runneth Over
This is the true joy in life – being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
George Bernard Shaw
I am lucky! I am part of a family and community of people who have more that millions of others do, worldwide! Unlike the people of Japan or Haiti, we have not lost thousands and thousands and thousands of lives, not to mention miles upon miles upon miles of property completely uninhabitable for decades to come because of the aftermath of massive earthquakes. Unlike the mothers and grandmothers of Middle Eastern countries, I DO NOT worry every time I visit my shopping mall or supermarket, that rockets will rain down on my head, snatching the very life from my being or those I love. Unlike the nations of Africa plagued by drought, I DO NOT fear seeing the tear streaked cheeks and swollen bellies of children who can not remember the last time they ate. And yet there are horrors that exist in my own backyard! I DO worry about senior citizens having to decide between spending their dwindling $$$ on food or medicine. I DO worry about a grandmother punishing a child for eating a candy bar by forcing her to run until she died. I DO worry about children sleeping in their bedroom on the floor as parents conduct drug deals just outside their closed-door.
Just in case you don’t understand the idea of exactly what it is, “community activism” can mean whatever it is we want it to mean! The bottom line though, is to do SOMETHING…….ANYTHING…….to help those whose cup does not runneth over with blessings. No matter what it is that you choose, ANY form of service benefits those in your community. There are some ways I give back in my community that do not take a lot of time or money. Check my ideas out and see if any I list might just inspire you to action too!
Go to your local animal shelter and donate a bag of dog or cat food, cat litter, some old towels from your linen closet, or even some bleach and paper towels.
Donate a new or nearly new book to your local Salvation Army, thrift store, library, school or church.
Make a casserole and take it to an elderly neighbor or visit and share a cup of tea and chat for an hour.
Print a flyer and distribute it in your community asking your neighbors to clean out their closets. Then gather the donations and visit a charity resale center, homeless shelter or nursing home.
Go to the dollar store and stock up on crayons, coloring books, ribbon, glue, cotton balls and construction paper and deliver it to an after school program.
Walk or bicycle instead of driving when you can. You’ll feel better and decrease your carbon footprint in the world.
Make a care package for the homeless with a towel, washcloth, tooth-brush, paste, soap, new socks, juice box and package of crackers and carry it in your car to give out if the need arises.
Visit your local fire house and stop in and say THANK YOU.
Plant a tree and help mother nature clean the air we breathe.
Visit a nursing home and bring your old magazines for the residents.
Visit your local senior center and spend some time talking and helping out.
Call your elderly neighbor before heading to the store and ask if you can pick up some things for them.
Buy Girl Scout cookies or contribute to that school raffle or fund-raising campaign.
Volunteer to babysit for that single mom in your neighborhood.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle……
Mow the yard of a neighbor the next time you mow your own lawn.
Teach a teen how to cook your culinary specialty.
Learn Spanish or sign language and volunteer as a translator through your hospital.
Pick up a backpack and stock it with pens, paper, notebook and bring it to facility that services children in need.
Beautify your neighborhood. Pick up trash. Plant some flowers. Start a community vegetable garden.
Always remember there is no “I” in the word VOLUNTEER! Try it just once. You may just find yourself becoming addicted. And activism is an addiction that is good for the body and soul!
But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
1 John 3:17-18 NKJV
Today the one person who is still with me that not just started my journey on life’s road as a human being but who also taught me the basic fundamentals of language and writing, is celebrating a milestone event. So I ask each of you to join me as I wish the very first man in my life a HAPPY 87th BIRTHDAY!
Happy Birthday Daddy!
I love you very much!
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