The news in the world lately has been pretty atrocious. For the most part people are left with an overwhelming feeling of wanting to do something but not knowing what to do. The larger picture issues are complex and as long as they have taken to get to this point will take even longer to solve.
But here is something you can do, right now, to make a difference in one life. Get a birthday card, write a message and stick it in a mailbox.
When I was 20 my father was suddenly hit with a brain disease, rendering a vibrant, active man full of joy nearly mute with aphasia. The doctors had no idea what it was and the only treatment was “wait and see”. For months a mystery dark spot pushed on his brain. Through tests and appointments and guessed diagnoses. It was terrifying.
And then it stopped. The dark spot went away. We went to Vegas and celebrated his 50th birthday. Twelve years later my vibrant, active, hero is here watching football and taking my Mom dancing.
We try not to think about the what ifs.
So when I saw this request from a daughter on Reddit I had to pass it along.
His birthday is September 1st! Send your cards to…
P.O. Box 1223
My father has been suffering with a brain disease, that has yet to be diagnosed, for about 4 years now. He isn’t able to get around much because of the effects. He used to hunt, fish, camp, skidoo, boat, all those kind of things. He can no longer do any of those things. At this point, his only trips out of the house are for Dr. appointments once or twice a month. He is depressed, as you would expect, and even most of his friends don’t even visit anymore because it’s “hard for them”. I don’t know how many more birthdays he will have, his condition is only getting worse. I think it would make him feel better, less forgotten, if he was to receive a bunch of birthday cards. I’m not asking for money or anything other than a card and a well wish for my father that deserves it!
Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.Aristotle
My friend, the lovely @emvandee just got the proofs for the cover of her new cookbook! Yay! Her blog Well Fed Flat Broke is deliciously funny and you should check it out if you haven’t already.
I think a question that we’re not asking ourselves is: ‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?’Pope Francis ~ 10 Tips for Becoming a Happier Person
We must not let devastation and death remove the joy from life. Existence is confusing and challenging enough as it is. Taking it too seriously and removing the few opportunities for unadulterated cheerfulness does not alleviate us of this burden — it weighs us down further and saps our strength until all we can do is plod along towards the void without any relief. The more appropriate response to life is to remain at play and in awe, not to mock the severity of our collective plight, but to truly stay engaged in the bewildering and ferocious grandeur of this adventure we’re on together.Andrew W.K. - What’s This Partying Thing?