As we approach the end of 2020 I know we all will be glad to say good riddance to a year that has been hard and exhausting. The year has tested our resilience and resolve to cope with a virus that is heartless and tenacious. Along with the devastating virus, the associated economic stress has been difficult and often threatening to basic human needs of food and shelter.
It is hard to describe in a few words everything that my mind ponders about a year that has been both cruel and wonderful in a peculiar manner. No question that the debilitating economic carnage has been overwhelming to many citizens that depend on low-income jobs and services from small businesses, charities, and faith-based organizations. Importantly, the efforts I have witnessed over the last six months by numerous friends and acquaintances have been extraordinary and amazing.
This dichotomy between those suffering and those helping is striking and worthy of deeper contemplation, but for today I just want to convey my appreciation and gratitude to all of you who have volunteered to help a neighbor or nonprofit and to those that donated dollars, food, and clothing to those less fortunate in your local communities. I feel strongly that your generosity for others will be rewarded. God Bless You!
This week I want to highlight an artist and philosopher that I have been consumed with ever since I watched a segment on CBS Sunday Morning about the clever and touching drawings of Charlie Mackesy. Charlie never went to art school but his images and words of wisdom are perfect for this time we are all struggling to figure out. The wisdom provided by a horse, boy, fox, and mole will make your day a little better. A few of my favorite drawings are presented in this newsletter. For more information about Charlie and his work please go to www.charliemackesy.com. I love the quote from Elizabeth Gilbert on his website...
‘The world that I am required to inhabit is this one. But the world that I long to inhabit is the one that Charlie Mackesy has created.’
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is available now!
I mentioned to you last week the conversations and podcast I was recording with Andrew McAllister. The podcast is available now and I highly recommend it for anyone that wants to learn and help the Believe It Foundation. Andrew is great and I believe we produced, with the help of Joe Woolworth, a quality podcast with a lot of great information and insights about Andrew and his wonderful nonprofit that helps physically challenged youth.
If you have one more act of kindness before we turn the page to a new year please consider donating to the Believe It Foundation and the purchase of adaptable bikes for children in their inclusion programs. Donate here. And if you didn’t see the great video last week of Andrew and his good friend Ross Ormond preparing and completing their third marathon, I would like to provide the link again for your enjoyment. Every time I watch the video it provides more encouragement to reach out and make another phone call or research another great organization to help out.
I think you will agree.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“Kind” said the boy.
Thinking about the final push to Christmas and the New Year, we created this little reward and acknowledgment program through our 3rd Act Holiday Giveaway. I know from personal conversations that many of our readers and listeners have volunteered and donated to a number of our Spotlight Charities and organizations. I also know that I am not aware of most of your personal and creative acts of kindness to your own favorite charities and causes. If you have a minute please just send me a brief email with the link below so we can put your name in the hat for a drawing on December 25 to help your favorite charity and put a little cash in your stocking. Thank you again for volunteering your time and your generous donations to these worthy organizations.
Tis the season for giving! Now more than ever, charities need our help. So, we wanted to do something to ensure our Spotlight Organizations get an extra boost this Holiday season. There are 2 ways to enter our giveaway: Option 1: Donate Funds Option 2: Donate Time All you have to do is send us a copy of your donation receipt or proof that you've pledged your time to volunteer at one of our Spotlight Organizations & you'll be entered into the draw. A winner will be chosen at random & will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card and a $500 donation to the charity of their choosing.
The deadline for entry is December 23rd, 2020 at 11:00pm EST. Winner will be announced on December 25th. No better time of the year than the Holiday season to realize just how good giving can feel. Send your donation receipts or proof of volunteer pledge to firstname.lastname@example.org Please feel free to send to your friends and family as well - the more the merrier!
“Nothing beats kindness.” said the horse.
“It sits quietly beyond all things.”