Monday, January 12, 2009

People Helping People

I recently made a list of Goals/Intentions with my dear friends Megan and Lori. One of my major goals is to be present and aware in today, rather than wasting time in the past ("times were so much better back when ..." or "I shoulda woulda coulda ...") or worrying about the future ("what if ...??!!" 0r "this horrible thing may happen ..."). By being in the past or future, I am throwing away today. I don't want to do that.

But, this is a HARD goal/intention for me. So much of this behavior feeds Depression. And, we all know how MUCH Depression likes to FEED FEED FEED upon me!!!!!!!!!! Insatiable. Sigh.

So. Today I found myself having a particularly hard time keeping my "Be Present in Today" goal/intention. I made a CHOICE to use a tool that I know works:

GET OUT OF MY SELF.

When I take the mirror down from SELF and start looking outward, it is a sure cure for Depression, living in past/future, worrying about things that I cannot NOW change or act upon.

About that very moment (I kid you not) I got an email from my close and personal friend, Michelle Obama (OK, we don't really know one another, but whoever put together their email contact system really knows how to make it seem as if we are friends). My friend Michelle Obama told me about this site:

http://www.usaservice.org/page/content/eventsearch

I went there and found a way to GET OUT OF MYSELF any time I want to, or have time to! And, you can, too. You can search by date or area to find ways to be of service during the upcoming MLK Day weekend.

If you are looking for some service or volunteer opportunities. please go take a look. It is not for Dems or Repubs ... it is for caring people. And, I know for sure that is YOU. Go see.

There are on-line events, group events, events that serve YOU as an individual (looking for employment? Go see! There are some job fairs listed.), on-going efforts, EVERY manner of service and volunteer effort you could imagine! Wow. Just wow.

If you find something great, and I know you IRL (in real life) please do take a moment to email me and let me know what hit you, and how you will serve and be served this Martin Luther King Day (or during that weekend).

-Holly

2 comments:

Julie said...

Holly - this is a great post! I too am trying to live in the present and live with intent every day...it is HARD. It is so very easy to get caught up in the "what if's" and "if onlys" in life, isn't it?

Blessings to you as you strive attain peace in your day to day thoughts. Every day is a spiritual journey!

Julie said...

P.S. - Oprah is doing her "Spirituality Webcast" with Michael Beckwith tonight... Check out her website to sign up!

I think it will likely address some of the issues you/I/we all struggle with. :)