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Have You Mattered?

Posted: May 12, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I’ve been watching a series of videos the last couple of days, videos that are making me think a lot about my life and what I want to do with it.  I’ll be sharing more about this in the next few days and give you a link to the videos.  But for today, I wanted to talk about one of the questions that has been going though my head… Have you mattered today?  Have you made a difference in this world?

I haven’t done anything extraordinary today.  I haven’t pulled someone from a burning building.  I haven’t secretly paid off anyone’s medical bills.  I haven’t arrested a child molester.  I haven’t cured cancer, invented micro loans or brokered world peace.  So how have I mattered?  How have I made a difference in this world?

  • I took Cee out to breakfast at a new restaurant a friend of ours just opened.  I supported my friend not only with my money, but by stopping and chatting with her a few minutes to let her know she had our emotional support as well.
  • I went to the market to do our weekly grocery shopping and smiled at every stranger I saw.  A smile is free and you always have one with you.  I brightened up a lot of people’s day.
  • I said “excuse me” every time I had to walk in front of someone in the market.  Most people don’t pay attention but every now and then I see someone smile because they, too, believe in ordinary civility.  It takes so little to use the magic words of “please”, “thank you” and “excuse me” but all too few of us seem to do it any more.
  • I brought my old bags back and used them again, recycling them to keep them out of the landfill.
  • I wrote a letter to two friends whose mother had died not long ago, letting them know I was thinking of them on Mother’s Day, knowing that it will make their grief more painful.  On Friday I contacted two people I worked with who are grieving their mothers.
  • I mentally thought of, held and prayed for the children in my grief support groups who are spending Mother’s Day without their mothers.  I know how hard this day will be for them.
  • I bought some flowers to put in my front yard.  I hope they’ll make people smile.
  • I wrote this message to you, knowing it will make you smile and make you think about all the little ways you make a difference in this world.

I hope you’ll add your comments to my list by making a difference in your world today.

Many blessings!

Chris

It’s time for WordPress’ weekly photo challenge.  This week’s theme is Together. I’ve created a slideshow of scenes from many of the places we’ve visited:  a herd of cows in a field; cars and planes in the Western Antique Airplane and Automobile Museum in Hood River, Oregon; feeding birds at the Oregon Zoo; waterspouts in Depoe Bay, Oregon; American Bison (buffaloes) at NorthWest Trek; mushrooms growing up the side of a tree.

I hope you enjoy them.

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Blessings!

I have just found the most extraordinary web site.  It’s been around for a few years, but I just discovered it through a blog on the New Hampshire Writers’ Network.  The blog is about how you use words and how to learn new ones.  It suggested playing word games to help improve your vocabulary, and included a link to Free Rice.  I’d never heard of this site.  The name intrigued me and, being a word junkie, I had to look it up.  Now I invite you to become as excited about this site as I am.

Free Rice in run by the United Nations World Food Programme.  The website has fun educational games that you can play.  For each correct answer, 10 grains of rice gets donated to the World Food Programme by corporations whose advertisements appear on the site.

The games start out easy but get increasingly more difficult the longer you play.  I’ve just been trying out the site for the first time and have earned 270 grains of rice.  That doesn’t come close to feeding one child for a day, but I’ll play some more after I finish this blog.

The games are appropriate for adults and children alike, so this is a wonderful opportunity for parents to teach a lot of lessons, I would think.  Free Rice has games for all the standard school categories and even have one for SAT preparation.  Your children can prep for their college entrance exams while helping to end world hunger!

How much rice does it take to feed a person for a day? How many grains of rice in a gram?

The composition of UN World Food Programme food basket varies from country to country and region to region, depending upon the eating habits of the people WFP feeds.In countries where rice is a staple part of the diet, World Food Programme provides, on average about 400 grams of rice per person, per day (for families, including children and adults). That is intended for two meals that include other ingredients to ensure a minimum of 2,100 kilocalories per day.
There are about 48 grains of rice in a gram.
So check out Free Rice, and then help spread the word.  Feed a hungry person and your mind at the same time.

Blessings!

I have to tell you about a secret love of mine, balloon twisting.  I love balloons.  I can’t think of any single thing that can bring an immediate smile to the face of a stranger than seeing balloons.  They are instant happiness.  I love balloons.

Cee and I recently attended a Red Hat Society Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. (Cee has more pictures on her blog.)  They had prizes for different types of hats (smallest, largest, most creative, etc.), but my hat took first prize.

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Some of you are wondering how my friend Janice fared in her quest to win the $25,000 dream wedding.  (If you haven’t read the story, you can read it here.)  The $25, 000 Dream Wedding has turned into a $5,000 Nightmare Wedding.   Here’s what’s happening… (more…)

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Journey.  it’s hard picking one journey that I enjoyed.  Cee and I love to explore, so we’re always on some kind of journey, it seems. (Cee’s Share Your World challenge is posted for this week, so please go participate in that, too.)  For this photo challenge, I think I’ll use pictures from inside the Salem, Oregon, Mill Museum.

The 1895 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, one of the best-preserved Victorian-Age factories in the West and designated an American Treasure by the National Park Service, vividly tells the story of industrialization in the West. See how it was to work in what was once a leading textile factory in Oregon, the legacy of which is continued today by Pendleton Woolen Mills.  I hope you enjoy the journey.

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Cee and I have returned to watching Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) for the new season that began last week.  We enjoy the show, and when I read this wonderful article by Marci Shimoff, I wanted to share it with all of you.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Last week, I started watching the new season of my favorite show-Dancing with the Stars. I’m completely mesmerized!

This show has a special place in my heart, as my dad and I watched it together during the last few months of his life. (My dad was a great dancer in his day, and I remember learning how to dance when I was 7 years old by standing on his feet.) (more…)