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There is so much going on the world today; between the economy, the natural disasters, dangerous bureaucracy is beingcamouflaged as "good for you", and a whole mess of other issues. It seems like every day the world just keeps
There is so much going on the world today; between the economy, the natural disasters, dangerous bureaucracy is beingcamouflaged as "good for you", and a whole mess of other issues. It seems like every day the world just keeps sliding faster and faster into that black hole. While we're winning some of the battles out there, we're definitely losing plenty of them as well.
How many of us are out there trying to make things better? Of course, being die-hard fans of EF we're helping change the perspective of those who think toys are wrong or horrible abominations that should be banned for all eternity. What else can we do?
So many times it's easier to just sit back and let things happen to us, but life is what we make happen. So we gotta ask, how proactive are you when it comes to obstacles in life or things you think need to change?
Well in terms of helping other people (and furry peoples!) in need? I try to offer help in every possible way I can, even if it's a small gesture because I've found so many times that the smallest gestures, from the heart are the ones that make people feel the best! And come to think of it, someone simply telling me something kind makes me feel awesome too.
Anyways, usually my partner and I set up a food drive or do some type of volunteering -- I truly love it -- but this year, I asked a local volunteering place how I could help since they'd been advertising saying they needed drivers to deliver food to houses with families in need and you know what? They said "We do NOT need any help!" Hmph! Lol. I was like "what? How the heck can you NOT need extra help?" Oh well though. I do get excited over volunteering though.
Anywhere I can be used, I'll step up and help. I can't say I'm as good as my partner though. He spends a lot of his time daily helping our local... grannies.
That is what attracted me to him in the very beginning. His helping grannies. LOL. Kidding. His helping people in need and seeing him offering people rides home all the time. Sounds strange, but when I seen him helping an old lady in the store, when he sat for TWO hours waiting for a disabled lady to get her groceries to give her a ride home, when he offered to do my own grandmother's yard work, those things spoke to my heart and nearly made it leap outta me! Seriously, I'm sappy in that dept.
I'll tell you when I knew it was love though. When he saved a baby kitty from being ran over (on purpose, the bastards!) in Krystal drive thru. Some guys put the baby kitty i a cardboard box in the damn drive-thru and was hee-hawing because they were going to RUN IT OVER! And he intervened and saved her! She went running though and nearly ran right off this huge, deadly hill of rocks. He caught her though and we had her for a short while. Named her Mr. Mia because at first I thought it was a girl, so I named her Mia, later found out she was a boy and so I simply added the Mr. to her name! Ha Ha
Enough about cats. I love to help people, but this year, I've not been able to get involved. Not because I don't want to, but because these charities keep turnin' me down! Lol. Now that's pretty bad when a charity won't even take you FREE work. Ha Ha.
But just today I was talking to my partner about setting up some kitty shelters in our area for the kitties with no homes. He said he knows some ladies -- yes, a pair of the old ladies he helps daily -- who have a dozen kitty shelters set up! That's so awesome. We tend to forget about the little people in the world.
I kind of feel depressed during the cold months. I've been trying to escape the depression period of doom all week long. I have my own kitty who went missing 3 months ago and I can't seem to come to terms with that, plus the sadness of this time of year. Maybe I just haven't tried seeing the happy, but I get sad thinking about people without during this time. The other night, at the grocery store I seen an old man walking and I told my partner how it always broke my heart to see an older person out alone during cold months. IDK why.
However, I know that even though the charities around here don't want me (lol!) someone does! By golly. SOMEONE WILL TAKE MY HELP! LOL. I just suppose I should focus on the people who you don't automatically know
need help. But so far, the only thing this winter I've done that really made someone happy was this customer of mine -- I work in nail design -- she didn't have a whole lotta $ when she came by, but kept commenting on how beautiful my work was. Then she told me her mother died a few years ago, her kid's dad just beat her up and robbed her, etc. & whether or not that was true, clearly something had her sad, so I did not charge her, and then she found me online, wanted my number & told me more sad stories, so I gave her a free card to have more nails done when she's ready. She seemed really happy, so hopefully small gestures were enough in that situation.
Other than that, the only things I've done to help people would be small everyday things like leaving "I love you! You! (echo) You! (another echo) You!(echo) post-it notes all over the kids' bathroom mirror. Ha. Ha. I always want to make them brighten up just in case times get tough. Teens have it rough.
I'm looking forward to reading everyone else's responses. Perhaps we'll all get ideas and remember to do things that help. I really liked this thread. I like being reminded to reach out to people.
God, I love people!