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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.

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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 – I 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 – that I could have not asked her how she was and would not have gotten to hear her story – would not have made her smile.  How many times do we just expect the people that are in service jobs to do just that – serve 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.