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Entries in positivity (1)

Monday
Feb272012

The Best Kind of Mail

I was still processing everything I learned at Blissdom. I was also processing the stack of mail on my counter, when I opened this card. 

 

Sarah, I have donated 2 nights of shelter in your name. I am doing this because I’m really tired of all of the negativity in the world. Everywhere you turn people are fighting over politics, religion, birth control, immigration, the economy and on and on. People behave in rude and disrespectful manners towards one another.

Since I cannot force anyone else to change, I’m going to focus on trying to become a more positive force in this world. I’ve chosen 10 women (because we get shit done) to receive these cards.

This is a “pay it forward” kind of deal. All I ask is that you do something nice and unexpected for someone else. I know I’m preaching to the choir, but I think you will actually participate in this.

And then I started crying. I've known Becky since college and I've been reacquainted to her awesomeness via Facebook since we both became mothers. However, the simplicity and generousity of this act caught me completely offguard. I've felt how Becky feels. I get overwhelmed by the "state of things." I even put on my "I used to work in DC" hat occassionally to expound on what I think is really wrong. 

But how often do I really stop and think what I can do to fix it? More importantly, what can I do to inspire others to do the same?

I think part of my problem is I'm a completist so I want to tackle a problem and solve it. Unfortunately, solving world hunger on my own isn't exactly realistic. As I sat down to write this post, I felt myself making that mistake again. I was going to list ten fabulous charities that reached every corner of the globe and tackled every major issue! I was going to inspire people to give $50, $100, $1000!

Then I stopped.

Becky had it right. This isn't about giant acts. This is about one person looking down the street, figuring out what she can do to help, and doing it. Then hopefully inspiring others to do the same. 

Well, Becky inspired me. I've heard so much about the Community Kitchen in my hometown of Paducah. I've heard they serve so many on so little. I've heard they need help.

So, I went online and donated 10 meals to my local community kitchen. Ten hungry people I walk the streets with everyday will eat because Becky sat down and put pen to paper. 

Now, it is my sincere hope that you will do the same. I hope that you are inspired to do something small to help those in your community. If 10 of us do it, Becky's act will continue to multiply. If 100 of us reach out, her sweet little note will create a ripple that will circle out across the entire country.

I know we are all busy and there is no shame in that. So, if you only have the few minutes it takes to read a blog post and click a button then I'm going to make a small act easy for you. Don't worry about searching out local charities. Donate to the Commuity Kitchen in Paducah. I promise you the people in need here are no different than the people where you live. 

Either way do a little something and tell a friend about Becky's card, then they'll do a little something and they'll tell a friend...and well, you get the idea. 

~ Sarah Stewart Holland