There is a great saying ‘Act as if what you do makes a difference, it does’ or something like that.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how much our lives, our decisions, our behaviours are linked to others – how in this tangled web of the ‘human family’ we do belong to each other and even more than that: who we are and how we live doesn’t just affect us it affects people who will come after us.
(or maybe I’ve just been watching too much Touch??)
On Tuesday the Unfolding Hope drive to raise money to free people caught in slavery finishes…. and how easy and convenient it would be to pat myself on the back because I did something for someone else and then go back to living however I want to/choose to without regard for others….
Sometimes it feels ‘too hard’ and ‘too exhausting’ to be intentional all.the.time, sometimes I get ‘compassion fatigue’…. and I can’t say I am intentional all the time (in the morning I’m down right selfish….you don’t want to know me before 8am) but if we profess to ‘love others’ with our mouths then maybe our actions might need to line up with that?
So what I’m asking myself and what I’m asking you is ‘how does my life make a difference in the world?’
I want to live my life generously, and I recognise to my shame I am so selfish – with my time, my finances, even in my friendships… I have a long way to go….. but my heart is open and I am willing to exercise this very short and weak generosity muscle and one day…. one day…. it will be strong.
If you would still like to donate to unfolding hope you can find out more about it
For those who have donated – money, promotion, time, goods for prizes, enthusiasm – my sincere, sincere thank you for helping me take another step on my generosity journey – you inspire me, I consider you my personal trainers.
Whether we want to or we could care less we are having an impact constantly -
you know that person you spoke to rudely when they gave you bad service,
that person you smiled at in the elevator,
that child you commented loudly about when they were playing up at the doctor’s
all of them are having some kind of day, some kind of battle, some kind of journey….
We are so attuned to our rights, the kind of service we deserve, the kind of way we want to be treated…..
we quickly speak up about those we disapprove of…. but are we deserving of approval?
We live in a world where women and men and children are sold and traded and abused without mercy, seen only for their capacity to make a profit….
and we look the other way, because it is too hard…..
Would you join with us – unfolding hope – and do your bit to stop looking the other way
Please go now to make a donation via pay pal
If that doesn’t work for you please email me and I will give you an account number for an online payment and I will transfer it on your behalf
There are some amazing prizes to be won……but more than that there are lives to be freed forever….. because of your input. (More info at the top of the page – click on the tabs)
Please donate today. As the link doesn’t seem to work please go here (my blogger blog) and click on the donate button on the right.
Thank you x
Dear Readers – I am asking for your help. I am asking you to journey with me. We live in total privilege in a world that does have enough resources to feed its people….but there are people around the world, 27 million of them, who live in slavery.
Does that embarrass you? Does that totally overwhelm you? Do you feel like you can’t make a difference? Caught between helplessness and guilt?
I have joined with a group of women who are creative, talented and enthusiastic about making lasting change for people. We call ourselves ‘unfolding hope’ and we are raising money to donate to a charity called Free The Slaves - an organisation aiming to eradicate the trade and enslavement of people within our lifetime.
Would you read the pages at the top of this page under “unfolding hope” and would you donate to our efforts? There is a place to donate in the main page. Or visit my new blog address create hope inspire and find the details there.
Thank you so much for your encouragement to me and for allowing me to raise my voice.
Miriam x x
“None of us is truly free while others remain enslaved. The continuing existence of slavery is one of the greatest tragedies facing our global humanity. Today we finally have the means, and increasingly the conviction, to end this scourge and to bring millions of slaves to freedom”
Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa
Free the Slaves International Advisor
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do. – Helen Keller.
Who we are, what we do, how we give – this is our chance to change the world – please join us.
Find more information under ‘Unfolding Hope’ at the top.