It’s the time of year when life is moving rapidly and balance requires letting a few things fall off the bike. I have a lot of posts queued up, but I’m not sure when I’ll get them out because pumpkins are morphing into sleigh bells. So here are a few (happy) things to ponder during the season that claims all the goodwill and consumerism the human race can handle.
While America has seen an increased level of discussion about the rising violence of our country’s police forces, we haven’t talked a lot about the people that get locked away. Once someone is put in prison, regardless of their crime, they are seen as a stain and forgotten by most of society. But not by everyone. In 2011, Lynn Zwerling started a knitting program for hundreds of Maryland inmates on the cusp of being released. Lynn treated them with humanity and compassion. The results speak for themselves.
We have a tendency to isolate and ignore any subset of the population that is different, not just prisoners. A new Canadian restaurant is attempting to build a bridge between the deaf and hearing communities. (YouTube)
As always, I’m a fan of any small change that can make a big difference. Choosing where to spend money has a domino effect on our world, both locally and globally. Better World Books lives up to its namesake. It offers competitive prices on new and used books with free standard shipping and carbon balancing, but they do much more than that. Every time someone buys a book from them, they donate a book to someone in need. They’ve also partnered with charities that build libraries and promote literacy around the world. If you’re planning on buying any books online, consider Better World Books. Using Charity Navigator can help you find out where your donated funds will do the most good year-round.
“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.”
― Sam Levenson