on any given day

See (and do)

There are needs all around us, intertwined into the framework of our daily lives. Do we see them or do they simply blend into the background of life?

Some see- really see- and spring into action to help. Some view the action and contemplate all the better, more expeditious ways the spring to action should happen- yet remain stagnant, not actually doing anything. Fortunately, we have people among us who demonstrate that good works result from seeing and doing. Here are two shining examples.

Recently Christine heard from an employee about a local family in significant need. The single mom was very sick, with 3 kids about to start the new school year, and had little in the way of food or money. Christine, a busy wife, mother and business owner, paused in order to see. She responded. One heartfelt post on Facebook – with details of when people could drop off donations to her business – set the wheels of love in motion. She helped others see and they responded to her spark. Donations and further offers of help abounded.

New to the neighborhood, Cindy made an effort to get to know her neighbors. She met a single mom who left for work with her school age children at a time when other kids were rolling over in their beds  for 2 more hours of sleep. The neighbor was doing the best she could to manage her home and her job as a school bus driver. Cindy, even though she was involved with her own work, family, and a special cause, saw. She responded and now ushers the children onto their buses at their appointed times. A straightforward example of matching a resource to a need, when one is willing to really see.

Two people in one community chose to see a need, and pulled it in from the fringes, front and center. They made a difference; they grew love.

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works. –Letter of James 2:14-18

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Travel in Place

If where you stand depends on where you sit*, perhaps we should move around a bit?

Travel advice often suggests experiencing a new place off hours. Pre-dawn allows one to appreciate a locale’s core peacefulness, then provides the privilege of inclusion in the subsequent awakening process.

The beauty of travel is that it broadens our perspective. In the words of Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

We can travel “in place” simply by stepping outside our normal routines. On any given day, watching a sunset reminds us – that particular day had unique merit. Its beauty rewards us for staying a while- past completing the necessities of the day, past our own priorities.

Cathie is a shining example of what can happen when you travel in place.

Rather than keeping her head down when she stays at work late, she sees who surrounds her; she appreciates the sunset. Rather than simply giving a polite nod to the cleaning crew, Cathie values them as a rich part of her “travel experience”. She makes the effort to know their names, their kids’ names, their aspirations – she has gotten to know them. It would be safe to assume this approach follows Cathie through all her travels, wherever they may be.

Thank you, Cathie, for growing love where you sit and leaving a trail for the rest of us!

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” Ralph Waldo Emerson

*often referred to as “Miles’ Law”

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