Friday thoughts from the resident philosopher

‘Do it from the heart or not at all’ ~ Unknown
Yes, even I have trouble with this, in my worldly understanding. And probably shooting myself in the foot in my own fundraising effort by posting, still I feel strongly enough about this that I need to share my thoughts.

Noone wants to be hurt, used, deceived. Right?

Society tells us to get all the facts, before making any rash decisions in this game called LIFE ( financial or otherwise) .

I get this too, having worked for nearly a decade in the very cynical, capitalistic world of property management. It’s one of the reasons I left it. I didn’t like the person I was becoming. Dare, I say, cold, calculating , indifferent when it came to dealing with the needs of others. It hardened me somehow and I didn’t much like it!

But alas, I didn’t act on that knowledge soon enough it would seem and I have suffered the consequences.

Yes, I still believe that there is something DIVINE in all of this, inspite of the hardships we have faced for a solid 18 months.

For the sake of brevity, I leave you with this thought.

IF you find yourself considering the offer of help ( to us, or anyone else ) I urge you to just listen to that spirit, and just do it, and do it as soon as you are able . Waiting is counter productive, especially for the one in need and waiting.

If you have to overthink the deed , analyze, speculate or procrastinate or even doubt despite your ability to make a difference , you probably shouldn’t do it. Because, certainly if it causes you angst, you will find no satisfaction in your generosity .

Psssst. We still need help here. We started the day with $32. The problem IS we need a minimum of $325.00 to survive the day with our lights on and the promise of a roof over our head. I thought I has some of this dealt with but AGAIN, our hopes were dashed this morning. Not your problem, granted!

But again, this is a fundraiser. I have been nothing but brutally honest and upfront with the details of our situation.

If you desire and are able to help , please do! Our needs are genuine!

Thanks for listening and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

God Bless

PS, I will do my best to keep all informed about our power situation.

7 responses to “Friday thoughts from the resident philosopher

  1. I can’t help that this blog is about myself, either a little or maybe alot.

    After just contributing my first small donation of $25, I will leave a comment based on the feelings I had when reading your words.

    When we ask for assistance, I think we need to practice tolerance and patience while those we ask get to their place of ‘providing’, even through the desperation we sometimes feel.

    I don’t think making them feel judged for the way they get there is conducive to a happy transaction.

    This blog left me feeling terrible for the 18 day delay I had in ‘providing’ you with support.

    I apologise for even discussing it with you in the first place, however there was no other way for me to get the information we needed to make our decisions. It was not until after I gained the information from you, that I learnt I was unable to provide for you in the way I ‘personally’ would have liked. Hence, I had some figuring out to do. (Not to mention a whole other bunch of life’s happenings taking place)

    I visited your blog about 20 times prior to deciding I wanted to assist and made contact.

    Excessive? Absolutely not. I would never want to feel unsure, uncomfortable, pressured or emotionally manipulated into providing support that is genuinely needed. So I do what I need to do to inform myself AND feel the best I can about giving my time, my skills and my money. i.e: ‘Feel satisfaction in my generosity’.

    We are all very different people based on our unique experiences throughout life. We think, feel, respond and act differently. For me, your advice to ‘just do it’ doesn’t work, though I do appreciate that is how others choose to provide for others.

    Thank you for providing our little family with the opportunity to help yours, even if in a small way.

    Miss Lou

  2. Awwwwww. Lou, 😦 I am so sorry if I hurt your feelings with this entry. It most definitely was NOT pointed at anyone directly but to everyone in general. This blog absolutely does stem from our own desperation but as well Ron’s philosophy on giving and he has been drumming it into me since we met . He worked for several years in homeless ministry and was often asked about giving to those in need. His answer was always the same. “Listen to the spirit inside you’ Anyway, Over the years I have adopted his advice in my own gifting. With that said, I want to thank you for your feedback. You made valid points that will help me see this from another’s perspective and perhaps help me to be more thoughtful about what I post.. Again, I am sorry for any hurt feelings and thank you so much for your kind donation. It does help!

  3. *huggles you, Cheryl* I know that was not the intent, and admittedly in your circumstances I would bee feeling exceptionally stressed out. You are managing beautifully.

  4. Ya think? :/ I just told my husband what you said and he said ” you’re beautiful alright!” HAAAAAAAAAA! Implying that the rest of me is a mess! HA! This has all been pretty hard on me! And well him, and us as a unit! Thank you so much for understanding. Huggles Back!

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