Monday, July 18, 2011
Scattered Seeds and Fnding Your Passion
So this weekend I was thrilled to have been invited to Formly SISters on Facebook. It was so much fun to see so many old friends from the SIS days. Miss SIStv for many reasons but the main one is because there are so many wonderful, fun, giving and creative women making a positive difference in the world all in one place.
Has anyone ever started a non-profit? If so I need some advice as to how to get started? I have had this idea for a while now and I am ready to do something about it this week. That is what my post title Scattered Seeds is all about today. I am passionate about wanting to make a difference in the world we live in ONE FAMILY AT A TIME. I will elaborate more but in a nutshell I am hoping to start and organzation that will be about scattering seeds of hope, kindness, and love to those we encounter in our lives and also about getting our children involved in making a difference in the world today. Hoping that families will take the initiative to do this together and to make the time to randomly or deliberately performs acts that will not only change the lives of those they help but change their lives in a positive manner bringing HAPPINESS to everyone involved in each act. It is my dream to bring JOY to others and to show God's LOVE in ways that only He can create and to LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS starting today. Wouldn't the world be a better place if we all did one thing today to start a random act of kindness and the chain kept going....reaching millions by taking seconds to think of someone else. What can you do today? What can you do with your children today? What needs do you have in your communities and schools? Summer is a wonderful time to get involved and when your kids are bored you can make it a point for a RAK Random Act of Kindness) or RAL (Randon Act of LOVE).
Here are a few ideas for today:
1. Check with your city and local nursing homes for needs.....the elderly love children.
2.. Check your local non profits to see what needs they may have such as the soup kitchens, homeless shelters, boys and girls clubs, american red cross and or others you may be aware of...
3. Ask your local church about needs in your community or families within your church.
4. If you know someone has been struggling maybe you can drop a gas card or target card in their mailbox either randomly or deliberately.
5. With the heat wave in the US, treat your local city workers and friends to cold drinks and snacks...this is one of my daughters favorite things to do.
6. Have your children create cards with encouraging notes and drop in mailboxes...sayings such as "You are loved", Life will get better, Find time to enjoy the simple things in life, Live Laugh and Love...be creative and let your children exhibit love the way they do so easily.
7. Create a 12x12 page or a mini book for a friend, neighbor or complete stranger because you can and just because you love this hobby. You can always create cards and buy stamps to give as a gift for someone...maybe a college student leaving soon.
8. Visit or volunteer at a local hospital or clinic holding art camps for children being treating for cancer, diabetes or at a place that is dear to your heart. You can always create little fun packs to leave there or make knitted hats for those going through chemo.
9. Bake some goods for a sick friend and or neighbor.
10. Hand write a letter..there is something still so special about receiving a handwritten note of love and thoughtfulness.
11. Check with your schools now for upcoming needs for the school year. One thing that is done for teachers and students where I worked was monthly treat bags with candies, cooked goods, coupons and gift certifcates in decorated bags.... food for children all donated by a local church and women. It is possible you can help one child with supplies.
Remember you can do this alone or ask other families/groups to join you in your efforts depending on what you want to do and accomplish. Be creative, have fun and remember you are making a difference with your act regardless of how small or big. It all starts with you and one family.
There are so many wonderful things you can do and I hope you can find or make the time to join me in this endeavor and dream of mine. I am hoping that in a world that embraces "all about me" that I instill in my daughter and those around me that it is so much better to give than receive and that even our children can change this world we live now and for generations to come.
Thanks for stopping by today and for any comments you share. Please feel free to share any ideas of RAKS or RALS and where you did these.
Make it a great Monday and hugs those you love,