Finding oneself by serving others may seem paradoxical. The word "service" has gone out of style. Today it often conjures up images of military service, or customer service. Its broader meaning refers to kindness, acknowledgement, making a difference. A "life of service" might include any or all of these:
Less than a year ago I embarked on a life-changing trip across the U.S. with one goal in mind: creating a positive impact with random acts of kindness. Usually during these types of adventures I have relied on the kindness of others, but this time would be different. I would be the one trying to give back.
I looked up at all the people staring at us, on the one hand thankful that they would want to call 9-1-1 at what must have looked like a kidnapping, and on the other hand angry that no one thought to ask or help. And in between those two poles, I was irritated that I was being judged as a bad parent, again.
The mission of Facing Homelessness is to change the negative stereotypes around homelessness so more people will become involved in solving it. As Rex often points out, it doesn't take a big solution to solve a big problem. It just takes a culmination of small gestures from a community of people in order to change the dynamic significantly.
When my son died, I didn't get a manual on what to do. I didn't get an orientation into how to be a grieving parent. So when some people asked how they could help me and my family, I really didn't know. For those that want to help, here is a list of 31 ways you can provide practical and timely help to grieving parents:
If you look around at recent events it might seem that the world is falling apart. However, humanity has dealt with tragedy and injustice forever. So now, thanks to the global village that social media has created, there is immediacy to the awareness in which our fears are broadcast and regurgitated back to us.
While there are many companies in the entertainment industry that make considerable monetary donations to a variety charities, one company consistently takes philanthropy to another level entirely. United Talent Agency, with one of the most impressive talent rosters in the business, consistently raises the bar in terms of fostering a culture of generosity and giving back to the community.