What a fun weekend! My Place to Yours is the Pink Saturday feature blog at How Sweet the Sound, so let me say a big WELCOME to all of you Pink Saturday readers. If this is your first time here, I certainly hope it won't be your last! The visitors at My Place are some of the best around, and I think you'll feel very welcome here.
So to visitors -- new and
old faithful -- I'm really glad you've picked today to stop by. This post has been awhile in the making, and it's a topic near and dear to my heart. You regular readers will immediately notice the absence of pictures (very unusual at My Place), but this week it's about words ... and challenge ... and your quality of life ...
your future. Seriously, it is. Read on ...
your future. Seriously, it is. Read on ...
I’ve decided to try to be a better person… But not right away of course. Maybe a few days from now.
(Sally to Charlie Brown in a Peanuts cartoon)
Sound familiar? This isn’t about procrastination. It’s different. You realize that, don’t you?
I was recently thumbing through the book Practice Random Acts of Kindness (Will Glennon and Rabbi Harold Kushner, 2007) and stumbled across Sally’s oh-too-familiar sentiment. The writers went on to tell the story of a woman who for four years talked of getting ready to start a diet. One day while sharing a meal with the woman, her exasperated friend said, “If you really want to lose weight, then put that damn fork down right now!” OUCH! The shocked woman put down her fork – and unexpectedly began her diet.
I started thinking (not so comfortably) how many times through the years … or in the past few weeks … I’ve acted like Sally, saying to myself, I’ve decided to... But not right away of course. What about you? Are any of these on your Sally List?
Make that doctor's appointment you've been putting off
Be more patient with people
Pay more attention to “the real world” where people are hurting
and need a kind word
Be an encouragement to a young family
Write a letter – a real letter – to someone
Say “thank you” to a veteran, a teacher, a church staff person ...
Spend more time in Bible study
Spend less time nagging and complaining
Do something nice for public servants
(policemen, firemen, medical personnel ...)
Volunteer at a local school, hospital, food bank, homeless shelter
Invite someone to dinner to re-establish a neglected friendship
Become a foster parent or children’s advocate
Meet a new neighbor (even if they’re not really “new” anymore …)
Visit a stranger in the nursing home or run errands for an elderly neighbor
Forgive someone – whether they’ve asked for forgiveness or not
Spend as much at Christmas on strangers as on family and friends
Stop spending money on unnecessary things and give it away to someone who needs it – or to an organization that will distribute it wisely
OK, I’ll stop the list there since some of you are thinking I’ve gone to meddling at the mention of money. But I wonder … have you ever thought about someday doing any of those things – or is there something else that’s an I want to be a better person. But not right away of course desire for you? What are you waiting on? What are we waiting on?
May we just be honest with each other? If we actually have a list (even unwritten) of things we want to do for others, that’s a good, selfless start. But quite honestly, like Sally in the comic strip, our untouched lists aren’t accomplishing anything, except perhaps making us feel guilty. Don’t you think it’s time we JUST DO IT?
Of course not everything can be done immediately; some things like becoming a children’s advocate or hospital volunteer require time to “work through the system” … BUT the phone call to start the process can be made immediately. It’s possible that when you get all of the information, the project won’t turn out to be a good “match” for you at this stage of your life – but at least you’ll know. At least you will have stopped thinking and started acting.
As the holidays rapidly approach, I hope you’ll join me and think of something that’s on your Sally List – something that you’re going to DO SOMETHING ABOUT during the next few weeks rather than just talking or thinking about it. Seriously … we’ve waited long enough, don’t you think? Beginning today, let's encourage each other. Let's hold each other accountable.
I’ll go first … (deep breath) I’m going to invite a few friends to join me in preparing lunch for the residents of a local women’s shelter – tablescape included, of course! I’m going to make the offer and hopefully get a date on the calendar when I call. Once the ball’s rolling, I’ll post a comment here. (If you're a local friend reading this and want to help, email me. You don't have to wait for me to call you!)
Here’s what you fantastic readers can do … Leave a comment with your “something” (or somethings) so we can all be pulling for you! Be as specific or vague as you wish; we don’t need to know all of the details. Also, please remember that this is something that’s important to YOU – for whatever reason. Nothing is too big or too small … THEN, come back and leave a comment again when you’ve accomplished it – or at least when you’ve taken the first step in the right direction. Just click on the Sally List picture on my sidebar to come right back to this post.
Why not encourage your friends to join you? Co-workers, Bible Study friends, neighbors ... And, if you have a blog, share your story and what you’re doing with your readers -- linking back here so we can all see how many things we in Blogland can accomplish TOGETHER. This isn't a "look at us" project, folks. It's a "let's make a difference" in our world. Start right where you are with the people in your circle of influence ... then see where it leads you. Together, let's start working our way through our Sally Lists, shall we?
After you leave your comment, be sure to stop by How Sweet the Sound to check out all of the pink posts at Pink Saturday. Beverly is a wonderful hostess!
I'm also joining the dynamic sister-duo Heather and Vanessa of At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday AND the blogging duo Charlotte and Ginger at Blogger Spirit for Spiritual Sundays.
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Don’t know how to leave a comment? No problem … Just click on COMMENTS at the end of this post. When the comment box pops up, just type your comment, choose your identity, then click the orange PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT button. If you don’t have a Google account, you’ll be prompted to register after clicking the PUBLISH button, and you’ll be asked to create an ID and a password. (Don’t use your full name unless you want it to be associated with every comment you make from now on. If you prefer, use something besides your name.)
11.8.11 Update: The Sally List seems to be resonating with many of you, and I've seen a couple of blog posts out there already. I'm adding those posts to the link-up below. Please add yours, too, if/when you post about The Sally List ... so we can all read it! The link will be open as long as I can keep it open (Dec. 31, 2013!)