Wednesday, February 6, 2008

As the World Volunteers, so go the Nations

Like most people with minds to busy to shut down even for sleep, I take my inspiration where I find it. Today I found it at Adla's place ( and she said this:

"Monica Magness from A girl thread wild initiated a project called ' The Pink Artist' . The pink artist is a community of artist joining together to create one joint art doll to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.When the doll is completed, it will be mailed into Art Doll Quarterly™, before finally being auctioned off on eBay at a later date.I've pitched in for this cause and joined The Pink Artist to create a few 2 by 2 patches for the dolls skirt. With a few denim cut outs and some beads, I was ready to stitch away. Here's a little preview of my bit for charity :) If you'd like to do your bit for this wonderful cause, you are invited to hop on and create your 2 by 2 patches and mail them out to Monica by the 1st of March 2008. Happy Creating! "

She impresses me. She has such beautifully creative ideas and her own business to run, and yet she volunteers her time for the common good of her world family. Yes, I said world family. I was going to do my post on the importance of Volunteers for our Nation today and luckily remembered that Adla is in Australia. Hmm. Not exactly my nation, yet one I could happily immigrate to were I to suddenly find things were not exactly to my liking here anymore. I used to get crazy when asking people (read women) what they do and I get "oh, I do a little volunteer work". I witnessed volunteer work first hand on Sunday when people came out of their homes and walked through woods and crossed creeks to try to locate the source of a cry for help on the word of one little girl. All plans put aside, Church services forgone, they gave of their time, therefore giving of themselves. I'm sure it was as uplifting to them as Church would have been. But wait now, look at the disasters all over the world, the earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and fires. Most of the people you see doing the rescue work are volunteers. They have no special training, just two hands and feet and a brain. Of course the regular forces are there doing their part, but they couldn't do half as much without the men and women who pour out of their homes to lend a hand. Quite frequently these volunteers travel many miles to get to their destination, all because they can. David McMahon at (I highly recommend his site) posed a community question for all this week entitled "do you have enough leisure time?" I thought about it all week, and I have come to this conclusion. No one has enough leisure time. There is always something pressing, something that needs doing, even when you are on vacation. Mama was always glad to get home from vacation so she could rest. I can hear her saying it. "Thank God. That trip about killed me." I sometimes think that volunteers use up their leisure time helping others. In that, we are all the same, worldwide. We all need the same things, food, shelter, clean water, clean clothing and medical assistance on occasion. All of us. Everyone of us. All the same, yet different. Instead of denouncing that difference, we should be celebrating the "sameness". It is after all, the human race. In the words of Rodney King, who was not a great American, just one person caught up in the circumstances of his day, why can't we all just get along? Maybe we need a few more Volunteers and a little less leisure time.


smilnsigh said...

Thank you for the thoughtful and thought provoking entry.

I suppose this {following} doesn't fit, in this comment here... But, what I wondered was... how many comments will this entry get? I seem to find that unless the topic is pretty-dern-up-beat, my entries don't seem to garner comments.

Now I have to put a disclaimer on this. Because I made my part of "Pretty Blog Land" with the stated purpose of it being an escape from the woes of the world. So, since I said that, right up front... I can't expect people to keep coming back to mine, if I don't stick to my stated objective. So, I'm not complaining about down-ish entries not seeming to be noticed.

But.... I did have that thought, about this entry of yours. And as you are learning, I do tend to rattle on when I get a thought. So, I stated it.

Yish..... I do get off on a tangent don't I? Start out in one spot and squiggle my way off in all directions.

Close now Mari-Nanci.

Yes, I will close now. ,-)


Vee said...

Ouch!I have so much free time and I volunteer for very little. Leaving your blog today with a little pang... Pain produces change, though, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

I truely agree. Even though I do what I do. I feel it is never enough.But I stay so torn I feel my home is falling down around me which makes me hard to live with with and very unhappy.
I do spend some weekends visiting and taking my clients I have lost out,but is it ever enough?

Justabeachkat said...

What a wonderful post Sandi!!! I visited her blog and I'm very impressed with her, her blog, her creativity and her project.


(btw...the bad weather moved through here pretty quickly, thank goodness!)

Jeni said...

Very good post, indeed. Volunteers are present not just with specific charitable organization - fire depts, Red Cross, Cancer Society, etc., but also are the heart of church groups who do things all the time too within their own parish and with the community at large. So many avenues, so little time to play sometimes too. Even in the blog community -there's the Peace globes, there the "Warm the globe through friendship" effort and also, "Everyday kindness" -the latter two being akin to the "Random acts of kindness" -all a playback though to Rodney King's plea asking "Can't we all just get along?"

Unknown said...

Fabulous post my friend!
Thanks for your words of wisdom too about my IPOD fiasco. Took your advice and filed a complaint with the BBB today!

Have a great evening!
Sandy :)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a great post Sandi. I know I need to volunteer more. My husband and I are always saying, that when we finish, this or that we will volunteer for Habitat for Humanity....etc....we just need to get off our behinds and do it. Thanks for the push!
p.s. and thanks for saying such nice things about Jenn and Jacqui's heart...I am working on three other commission pieces - neither one are hearts, and I am having a ball!

Adla said...

hello Sandi dear...

sorry for the late arrival as usual i missed the train in blogland...heheheh U know me and my juggling :) Thank you for speaking so highly of me ...i'm walking on clouds right now . Well all I can say is I've always enjoyed volunteering and have been doing my volunteer runs here in the artistic field for Girl Guides Australia and enjoy it tremendously. To those who haven't given volunteering a go, I suggest diving in, you might just get hooked.. Cheers to this inspirational Post Sandi.

Hugs, Adla

Oh and come by my blog for a chance at a give away. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun :)

Mima said...

Oh Sandi, that makes me feel really bad, I do very little volunteering, and have so much time on my hands. My big problem is that it is sporadic, and I don't know from day to day if I will be able do anything. When I am not well, time is not a problem, as I really can't manage anything, and when I am much better, there are lots of things to do, but those in between days, when I am not well enough to get up, yet my mind is working are a real chore, and drag me down.