I typically try to keep political discussion out of the blog because I believe that the mission of this space is to be loving and accepting of all people in order to reach as many as possible with the message of love, hope, and healing. So many of us are struggling and in pain and need to hear that message, I am often loath to bring up a topic that might make someone shy away from finding the support and help that we so desperately need in times of trouble.
However, I don't feel that this is a political issue, I think it is a human issue. It is a life issue. It is a love issue. It is a hope and healing and joyful time for our country and I want to share the message of hope and healing.
If this isn't your bag or you find yourself angry or frustrated by the goings on in the Supreme Court right now, please just turn the page, go to another of my posts, enjoy some of the articles I've written on chronic pain and healing. There is no need for anybody to feel anger, hurt, or frustration today. But if you feel as I do, that this is a beautiful time in our history and something to bring happiness to us now and in the future, please keep reading. Let's celebrate!
In fact, I might have called your house at one time or another in the past few years to talk about human rights! I had a lot of stunning conversations that gave people in isolated areas of our state the opportunity to talk about human rights in a way that might not have been possible or socially acceptable for them. It brought me a lot of happiness and I hope it opened some hearts.
This is something that I recommend wholeheartedly. When an organization calls your home to ask for donations, ask them instead what you can do to help further their cause. Our family budget is extremely tight especially now with medical bills and prescription costs but I've always been a believer that it's not necessary to spend money to enact change.
In this way, I've been able to volunteer and work directly with so many amazing organizations. I can't tell you how many people are stunned when they call and I say, "I like your mission, how can I help out?" I've been able to help pack over 2,000 pounds of food for the Oregon Food Bank, foster shelter dogs who were slated for euthanasia with Animal Aid, Inc., talk to hundreds of Oregonians about human rights with Basic Rights Oregon, help elementary age kids practice their reading skills with S.M.A.R.T (Start Making a Reader Today), and volunteer on countless field trips and educational outings with local schools and businesses. It has been unbelievably rewarding.
I'm not saying all this to create a brag wall but to encourage you to create your own brag wall. Volunteering is one of the happiest things I've done in my life and being sick has really cut down the ways that I can help in my community but I'm really excited to begin training our shelter pup Britta to be a therapy dog in hospitals so that one day I can return as someone in remission, happy and healthy, and bring joy and brightness to people sitting in the very places I once sat, laid, cried. I will bring light again just as people have brought so much light to me.
I hope that today you're filled with joy and looking towards a bright future. And I hope that you feel the urge to jump in and help out in your community. You'll definitely get back way more than you could ever give.
Ultimately, this post is about love, life, and joyful new beginnings.
Survival & Peace is an Ally and as it's author and editor I cannot say what this day means. Our children will ask us one day why this was even an issue. I will cry tears of joy on that day as I have cried tears of joy today.
Love truly conquers all. Be Happy Today and Everyday!
Lots of Love,
Charity begins at home - Mother Theresa