Each week, The Pollination Project announces our daily grants that we provide to individual social changemakers who are launching and expanding their projects around the world. A team of donors (myself included) provides $1000 of seed funding to help get these efforts off the ground.
This week, The Pollination Project and our community of Daily Givers supported projects that strengthen our food supply by caring for bees, helping people find culturally-relevant ways to access and enjoy vegan food, encouraging people grow food and teaching people healthier ways to cook.
Imagine someone handed you $100 out of the blue, but with one condition, that you use it to create goodness in the world with it. Would you take the money? Yesterday morning, that's exactly what we did.
We have never met. But last year, this compassionate woman rescued an injured dog from the streets on the outskirts of Cairo. I am grateful to her for starting the journey that would bring this dog into my life.
Personal satisfaction and serving others does go hand-in-hand. The general hopelessness about relationships and life I previously felt was like a sickness in my soul. Doing random acts of kindness is a giddy remedy I would recommend to anyone for these reasons.
If our kids can be taught to be kind and compassionate to each other then why can't we as adults be taught to do the very same thing. Show tolerance in the weeks to come. Choose kindness when you see someone in need. And above all else respect those around you.
The longing to make a substantial positive contribution to our world is one that burns in us and for the overwhelming majority remains a lifelong pang in our hearts. So why then don't we do something about it? What keeps us from changing the world?
You clearly choose to live life as a testimony from behind that drive-thru window. So I had to write you this letter because you made a profound difference in our day and taught an unforgettable lesson for our lives and I just wanted you to know.
No matter how many deployments come and go, the absence of the most important person in our lives leaves us vulnerable in ways hard to express. These ghosts of my Christmases past remind me. If your spouse is deployed this Christmas, I don't know what you face, but I remember you.
I only wish some reviewers could take the time to hone their abilities to listen to the other and the unfamiliar. If Levinas and Aristotle were required reading for critics and reviewers, then we might have more humanity in the writing that follows the great catharsis of the theater.
When things happen that make us sad -- big things like losing a pet and little things like bad days -- it can be hard to reach out for the help and support and lift that we need. But what we learned when we were sad is that, my goodness, people want to be there.
I encourage you to go out and buy yourself a beautiful notebook or journal and get started using the above prompts as a guide. You'll find that over time you will organically discover a journal practice that suits you and will no longer need to use headings like those suggested as a guide.