The purpose of this blog is to inspire people to “get out there” and to be part of the community (as well as worldwide) and educate people on the subjects that we know about that can help others. We can sit still and do nothing, or we can stand up and be counted!
I know a lot of people will say “I don’t have the time” or “I’m not sure how to start”, or they think that they have nothing to add to the community, but everyone has a story, a belief system, a hobby or interest, an experience (good or bad), a cause that really matters to them so it is time to stand up, speak out, and reach out to those around us!
Throughout this site I have included many website links, Facebook pages, blog sites, twitter accounts, and information on various subject matters. We cannot always just “take” from life, sometimes we have to “give back”. and It only takes a few moments to write an e-mail or letter, or to encourage people and/or groups with a fast tweet to continue their good work even if we are not close enough in location to actually participate in some of the events. You get out of life what you put into it, so take the time to expand your interests and your world by becoming active.
“A doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue”, or action taken on an issue that isn’t necessarily controversial but is for a good cause. How to become active?
Join an organization, club, church group, write to your representatives locally and/or in Washington, to officials from other countries (letters do count and help), start a blog, twitter, e-mail or use social media like Facebook to share information, become a volunteer, sign online Petitions, attend marches, or do whatever is necessary to spread the word about your special interests.
Definition of EMPATHY
“The feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions : the ability to share someone else’s feelings, or 1) The imaginative projection of a subjective state into an object so that the object appears to be infused with it, or 2) The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner”. How to show empathy? Understand the meaning of compassion and giving of yourself to help others. Visit the elderly or someone in a hospital or nursing home, give the gift of allowing a caregiver or a parent a couple hours to get away and get the break he/she deserves, offer to pick up food or prescriptions for someone who can’t do it themselves, send a card to someone who is grieving or is ill physically, mentally, or emotionally so they know that someone cares about them. A pat on an arm or back, or a hug only takes a second but can make a person feel secure and comforted.