"Will You Make a Difference Today?"
Mixed Media Paper Collage
Image 10.5" x 13.5" - w/Frame 16" x 20"
Some of you, like me, may be aware of and "practicing" a discipline during the 40 days of Lent. Many folks turn their practice into a personal improvement program - which is certainly not a bad thing particularly if you're improving has something to do with your connection with "that" greater than yourself. Myself, practically perfect already - mmmmm - am thinking in terms of that which I can "take on" rather than give up. This world is full of tiny places and tiny cracks in its veneer that I as one small creature might be able to store up. In that vein, I'm thinking this a.m. of what I can do in just an average day of my life during Lent. How about you? Any thoughts? Perhaps --
-A smile to a receptionist/appointment booker whose face that reflects unhappiness?
-An open door for the person moving decidedly slower than you are but who could use some help with the door even if it means you'll be after them in the waiting line?
-While driving - a complete stop before the crosswalk that a mother and stroller have been patiently waiting in to cross the street?
-A donation to Mercy Corps to aid the Japanese in their tremendous burden of loss?
-A donation to Episcopal Relief and Development for their continuing efforts in Haiti?......how quickly we forget.
-A donation to Art for Life in their fight against cancer?
-A renewed membership in your local YWCA who in my hometown run a domestic violence shelter for women and children, as well as host a nursery school, and after school programs.
-A check to the political candidate of your choice as a sign of support from you for their supporting your rights as a citizen - particularly if you live in a country that does have elected political offices.
-A heartfelt prayer for those people who don't worry about their blogs, their Facebook or Twitter accounts but worry about where they will sleep tonight or what they will feed their children.
-Read with a kid who could use a little help with their homework or their language skills.
I'm certain there are more things that you and I can do for someone else today to ease their burden, calm their fears, or just plain show them a friendly face - I'm in - how 'bout you?