INSPIRE: i am human

January 12, 2009

Alright, so maybe this blogging to the whole world to inspire, ignite, imagine, and impact change wasn’t the best idea. For me. For right now.

I thought this would add a level of accountability for me to finally ensure that I would follow through with my resolution that I have started for so many years. I thought this was a good idea.

But it’s not – It just makes me stressed out. Stressed that what I’m doing each day isn’t ‘grand’ enough. Stressed that one day I’m not going to have the opportunity to do anything and won’t have anything to blog about. Stressed because this is just one more thing to add to the list of things that must be accomplished each day.

So with that – I’m going to keep with my resolution of doing something good each day for someone else. Going to keep with my theme of Project3sixtyfive. Going to keep inspiring, igniting, impacting, and imaging. I’m just not going to force myself to blog each and every day about it. It might be three times a week. It might be once a week. It might only be once a month. But I am human, and the idea of this whole thing is to do good – and daily blogging¬†is not good for me.

So with that I say goodbye to the daily post committment – and hello to the post whenever I really feel moved to do so committment ūüôā

Until then…go out there and INSPIRE, IGNITE, IMPACT, and IMAGINE good ūüôā

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IMPACT: look around

January 9, 2009

Simple. No plan. Not a big act. Just an everyday occurence. But still – still an impact. Still a smile. Still something good.

Yesterday I went outside to get the mail. Saw our neighbors dog walking down the street. ‘Captured’ it. More like bent down and said, “hi sweet girl”, and put my hand out. The dog came right up to me. It is a friendly dog. Scooped it up and headed across the street.

Knocked on the door – the lady that lives there was so happy. She loves that dog. It is a sweet little dog. She held it lovingly, petting it, and hugging it as we chatted for about 15 minutes. I hadn’t talked to her much. Our relationship was more of a wave and nod in the front yard. But this was good. We talked and it was nice. And she had her dog back.

See nothing big. I said when I started Project3SixtyFive that somedays my attempts to INSPIRE, IGNITE, IMPACT, and IMAGINE change would be feeble and insignificant…but that’s ok. The goal is to do something. Do anything that helps, anything that is good. So do something. Put yourself out there. Take a look around. Little acts are all around you. Just look.

INSPIRE – think about it

January 8, 2009

It Only Takes a Few by Dave Krause

A group of ten cared about kids,
And had an idea that was very fine.
But one was asked to donate money,
And now there are only nine.

Nine caring people,
Thought helping kids would ‚Äúbe great‚ÄĚ!
But one was asked to commit some spare time,
And now there are only eight.

Eight thought that a new youth center,
Would be a special gift from heaven.
But one was asked to join a committee,
And now there are only seven.

Seven concerned about juvenile crime,
Wished it was something that they could fix.
But one was asked to spend time with a teen,
And now there are only six.

Six were thankful for the gifts,
They had acquired in their lives.
But when asked about planned giving,
The six soon became five.

Five were frustrated,
Wishing for just a few more.
But one became tired of people leaving,
And suddenly there are four.

Four people asking themselves,
Will the next one be me?
One asked the question too many times,
Now they are down to three.

With only three remaining,
And so much work to do,
One decides to just give up on kids,
And now they are only two.

But the two that remain are leaders,
And to help kids they will find some more.
They each call up their own best friend,
And suddenly there are four!

Four friends who share a common thought,
Helping kids is great!
They each recruit their own personal banker
And now their team is eight.

Soon these eight recruit eight more,
And I think you will begin to see,
That the number of people helping kids,
Can start with you and me.

Now you can be like the eight who left,
Or be more like the final two.
But when you make your decision,
Just please remember…It only takes a few.

IMPACT – the forgotten

January 7, 2009

Today was one of those days. 

I did not have any errands to run.  No outdoor excursions.  I had no planned visits with friends.  No scheduled interactions with my clients. 

I did not know how I could impact, inspire, ignite, or imagine change from inside my home.  I was in for a challenge.

While in the shower РI thought of  the elderly.  The often forgotten.  They have been on my mind recently.  Particularily those in nursing homes.  This sadens me.  People who have contributed so much to our country.  Have given so much of themselves for others during their long lives.  I assume that even the ones with family who visit them regularily still long for daily interaction.  Long for someone to talk to.  Long for a change.  Long for something out of the ordinary and routineness of the day. 

And it hit me — today¬†would be part one of a two-part project.¬†

Part one (today): my daughter and I would make some Valentine’s.¬†

Part 2 (first week of February): we would¬†visit the nursing home that is literally walking distance from our house – and bring some joy with us as we passed out our little¬†Valentine’s to the residents.

So part one is now complete.  I am excited for part two.

IMPACT – take the time

January 6, 2009

I start each day out the same.¬† Each day I wake knowing that I desire to impact, inspire, imagine, or ignite change in the world in some small way.¬† I do not plan what I’m going to do in advance.¬† I do not meditate in the mornings.¬† I simply ask God a simple prayer, “God, please place me on a path today, let me meet someone today, let me think of something today that will help someone, let me in some way be able to make someones day a little brighter.”¬† That’s it.¬† I encourage you to do the same.

This morning, I dropped my daughter off at school and headed for the grocery store.¬† I spent about 30 minutes going up and down the aisles grabbing this and that and then headed for the checkout.¬† It was cold out and I just wanted to get home.¬† I hadn’t showered yet and I just really didn’t feel like talking to anyone.¬† This was supposed to be an in and out quick trip.¬† While I was loading all my groceries onto the conveyor belt I noticed that the checker kept rubbing her hands together.¬† She seemed to be in pain.¬† I wondered silently to myself if she had arthritis…but did not ask.¬† I continued putting my items on the belt and when I finished something inside me blurted out to the checker, “it’s pretty cold out, huh, how are you today?”.¬† Remember I didn’t really want to talk to anyone¬†– in and out was the plan…but for some reason I spoke.¬† The checker went on to tell me that she just couldn’t get warm today and that her hands were freezing.¬† She went on to tell me that her apartment did not have power last night because a transformer had blown and¬†the temperature in her apartment had gotten down to¬†21 degrees.¬† She wasn’t able to fall asleep until 3:30am¬†because¬†she feared that she would¬†not wake.¬† She is a diabetic and wasn’t able to cook dinner or breakfast with no power.¬† She was cold, hungry,¬†and had no where else to go.¬† Her power did come back on right as she was leaving for work – so at least she will be in better shape tonight, but she did have one tough night.¬† She talked to me for about 5 minutes and at the end of our conversation, she looked at me, smiled, and said, ‘thank you for listening to me, most people don’t bother’.

As I walked away I thought to myself Рthat I could have not asked her how she was and would not have gotten to hear her story Рwould not have made her smile.  How many times do we just expect the people that are in service jobs to do just that Рserve us.  Do you take the time to ask the cashier/waiter how they are doing {{and really mean it, do you look them in the eye and really ask}}?   Our lives are often times so busy that we pass up so many opportunities to make others smile.

IGNITE – little people

January 5, 2009

I love kids.  I love playing with them.  I love caring for them.  I love teaching them.  They are just so darn cute.

A few months ago, I received several phone calls from our church asking if I would help out in the pre-school area on Sunday mornings.¬† To be honest, I didn’t want to.¬† Even though I love kids, I just didn’t want to.¬† I didn’t want to change my schedule.¬† I didn’t want to deal with the unknown.¬† I didn’t want to be depended on.¬† But over the next few weeks I felt a huge tug, a feeling that despite my own lack of desire – I needed to serve.¬† So I called up our church and said that I’d love to help out.¬† Of course they were grateful and today marked my 4th Sunday.¬† Although I may not want to go every other week, I know that I need to.

Today I got to teach my kids (2 and¬†a half year olds) about how the Wise Men found Jesus – Matthew 2:1-12.¬† It warms my heart to listen to the kids talk about Jesus and I know that what I’m doing is good.¬† I desire that each of them knows and loves Jesus.

IMAGINE – fruition

January 4, 2009

I imagine a good world.  I imagine a loving world.  I imagine a caring world.  Help me turn imagination into reality.

I want to hear from you.  What have you done in the last week to Inspire, Ignite, or Impact change in the lives of others?

INSPIRE – shelter, food, clothing

January 3, 2009

Recently I attended a presentation.  Two women from local non-profit organizations spoke.  The economy is bad.  Needs are way up.  Donations are way down.  Times are tough.  There are so many to serve, yet not enough to go around.

If you are in a position to give Рthen you should.  So many are in need right now.  So many who were in your shoes just a few short months ago.  So many who once had a good job, who once were able to provide for their families.  Hard times come and they come fast.

  • Gather the family together – have each person look through their toys/closets and gather up 10-20 items to donate to a local shelter or other non-profit organization
  • Call your local shelter and sign up for a night to help cook and serve dinner (you probably have no idea of all that must go on each and every single day in order to feed those living/passing through)
  • Monetary donations are important too – just make sure to do your homework and give to a cause that uses a high percentage of the funds towards the actual programs — they should be able to give you the % before you make a donationdonate

Impact – Inspire – Imagine – Ignite

January 2, 2009

For the past few years, I have made a New Years Resolution to impact the life {for the better} of someone I do not know each and every day.  Each year I have started off well Рeven lasted until April one year before breaking the resolution.  I need accountability.  I want to inspire others to do the same.  Project3sixtyfive was born this year to accomplish this.  So join me each day of this year РImpacting, Inspiring, Imagining, and Igniting good. 

I will post daily about something that I have done to Impact, Ignite, or Inspire good.  I ask you to contribute your own stories weekly (I imagine a world of good Рhelp what I imagine turn into a reality).  Thanks & Good Luck!

IMPACT – to have a direct effect, to impringe or make contact

INSPIRE – to influence, move or guide, to spread

IMAGINE – to form a mental image of, believe

IGNITE – to cause, to set in motion

Project3sixtyfive

January 1, 2009

Project3sixtyfive is my baby. 

I am 29.  I am a wife.  I am a mother.  I am a sister.  I am a daughter.  I am a Christian. 

I am not perfect.¬† I do not pretend to be.¬† I do not have all the answers.¬† My attempts to Inspire, Ignite, Imagine, and Impact change may be weak and feeble at times.¬† But I do know that…

I want to impact change.  I want to inspire change.  I want to ignite change.  I want to imagine change.

Join me in Project3sixtyfive. 

365 days of impacting, inspiring, igniting, and imagining all for the betterment of others.