On 12/24 I was involved in something that will make this Holiday really memorable.
Let me tell you what it was NOT.
It was not something that I have to store.
It will not clutter my life.
It does not sparkle in the usual way.
It did not cost me an arm and a leg.
I did not incur any credit card debt.
Everyone who heard about it loved it and some were even jealous that they did not do it.
This is what I did…
I was part of a group that hosted a Christmas Party for a group of homeless folk. I was a part of a team of people who provided gifts and food. I did something a little extra. I created a Book Store background and I set up an author signing table and signed books for anyone who wanted one. The party was magical. It was a blessing to be able to spend part of my holiday with these guys. They showed up with a smile. They relished their food and their gifts and some of them sat down and began to read. One beautiful woman said, “I ain’t never meet me a real author before”. I gave her a huge hug and said I was so glad to meet her.
When folks live on the streets or in the woods, their possessions have to be functional. Nothing too heavy, or requires too much care. So books may not be so practical. They can get wet or be too bulky for a bag that is already crammed. My hope is that they read as much as they need and then repurpose it as needed. It may end up as kindling for a fire on a cold night. Some of the pages may become a napkin. It may even be a pillow. The book will disappear at some point in their lives. It will be with them for exactly the amount of time they need it and they will forget it and move on.
I will not forget the memories I made giving it to them and the feeling I had in my heart.
I am grateful that they came and shared part of their day with me.
I hope that 2012 will be better for them than 2011.
That is my prayer.
Doing something for folks in need is one of the quickest ways to get blessed out.
I wish you a blessed out New Year. Dream Large in 2012. The world needs us all to show up to the fullest extent of our capacities.
Love and light