We can all do a little. So many people in need…These people have figured how to use social media to help their community.
A friend of mine sent me the below post “Roller Coaster” by Rabbi Brian. I wanted to share it with you for two reasons: 1 – It’s a good post, 2 – It comes from someone whose profession is to give answers to tough questions.
I respect Rabbi Brian’s honesty in saying some times life is tough. It is refreshing when people have the courage to share their feelings even if they are risking turning people off. Here’s someone whose job is to comfort, advice and guide. But in order to truly perform his job, he needs to be honest.
We live in a world where we are taught the only answer to “how are you?” Is “well, thank you.” We know sometimes we tell others we’re well but we absolutely believe others when they say they are doing great and their life is perfect. The result of these false exchanges is that we wonder if there is something wrong with us. After all everyone else seems to be doing just fine.
Good article on using the internet as online support system or to find out local organizations.
Writing in the NY Times on September 3rd, Paula Span described the emergence of online support and caregiving “communities.” One such site — Lotsa Helping Hands — has succeeded in facilitating the creation of almost 30,000 of these “communities.” They are all local, and they exist to recruit and coordinate volunteer services for members of the community who are in need. For example, a single mother who must undergo chemotherapy and needs help with child care, shopping, etc...Continued
Why I started the Love Project Inc.
This work came out of my need to relate with others who are on a path to truly be who they are and who have the courage to look within and connect with love for themselves and others. It is my hope to form a strong community of people who seek out true contentment.
Most of the things we do we think about the result and not the process. What ends up happening is that the end result more often than not is different from what we had hoped for or expected. And so we become disappoint, angry and regret the time we spent trying for whatever it was we were trying for.
John Lennon said: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” So why not be in the moment appreciating and enjoying the process? If we can manage to do that, the result becomes part of the process and whatever ends up being is just a peg in the wheel.
For example, of course I want this website to be successful. I want people to find inspiration, solace and community here. But if I only concentrated in the site being successful, I would miss out on how fun it is to think about things that are important to me that I want to share. And how moving it is when I get an email from someone who really appreciates what I’m trying to share. If I only thought of the result I would suffer when I didn’t have many readers in a day and I would rejoice when I had many. I would blame myself and the outside world for the few readers. In essence I would become a prisoner of the ups and downs of internet patterns without having any control over it. Instead of doing that I choose not to think of the outcome and just enjoy the process. I write what I think its important and inspiring and then I leave the door open for life to do its thing.
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. ~Kenji Miyazawa
We have all been hurt or will be hurt. Pain is part of living. But with every scar comes an opportunity to stop and reflect on who we are and how we want our lives to continue.
Not embracing pain is pushing aside the opportunity to come face to face with ourselves.
Not embracing pain is missing the opportunity to be profoundly human.
But once the pain becomes ours it turns into love because pain humbles and shows us we are part of a huge community of people who want the same; love and compassion.
Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. ~Eric Fromm
I have just come across a blog site http://yearofgiving.wordpress.com/ where Reed Sandridge shares his giving experience.
Every day, Sandridge walks up to a stranger and gives away $10. So far, he’s handed out close to $1,200. He also interviews the recipients about their lives and posts their stories on the blog.
The Year of Giving started on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 3:30 pm after Reed lost his job at a nonprofit organization due to the economic climate.
December 15th is an important date for Reed; it is when his mother lost her long battle with heart disease in 2006.
He says his goal is not to change the lives of those with whom he comes in contact but it is to inspire others to pursue the ideals that the French philosopher Auguste Comte envisioned when he coined the term “altruism.”
Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely. ~M*A*S*H, Hawkeye
I like this blog. A blog post by Shari Arison one of the wealthiest women in the world. She talks about a good deeds day.
I love this story. Doing something you believe in just keeps you going.