Monday, June 13, 2011

Gauging interest

Do you remember this post I put up for International Day of Compassion? Where we wrote messages on balloons and let them go in the hopes they would find the people who most needed them? The kids and I really enjoyed doing that and I decided it's something I want to do on a regular basis. Not necessarily the same thing, but something, anything, that is done for someone else, to make them smile. Because the act of giving takes us outside of ourselves and whatever our concerns and anxieties of that moment are and lifts us into joy. It's win-win.

So I was thinking of starting a monthly link-up that would encourage others to do something like this and write about it. I want to know what the experience is like for you. I've read other posts around the web on this subject and I find them so uplifting. I find myself wanting to read more. Here are a few examples.

Eden waltzes into the cancer ward of her local hospital and replaces their boring paintings with colorful, vibrant art that bedridden patients will actually want to stare at all day (I know I've linked this before, but I love it so much)

After posting about a homeless vet she often sees who was having a particularly difficult time, Tricia and some of her friends put together a care package for him.

Louisa starts an internet movement to gather and deliver gifts for the children of refugees on Christmas Island after a shipwreck kills many of their family members.

These bloggers really went out of their way to turn life around for others. But for the link-up, it doesn't have to be a big production. It can be as simple as complimenting a stranger or leaving chocolate on someone's desk. Or it can be a big deal. Whatever strikes your fancy.

So I'm curious. Is this something you would be interested in participating in? If I set up a time next week for the linky, would you be in?

22 comments:

  1. Yep - we are doing an auction at Tiaki Pilates for Our Orphanage in Batam on Thursday 16 June 2011. I would love to write about this for you next week

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  2. You know, I really like the idea of reading what others are doing but I know that I wouldn't link up because I'd feel uncomfortable doing something for that reason - does that sound awful? I don't mean it to, I just mean that when I am able to do things then I am so grateful that I can contribute something to the world we live in but don't want accolades for it. That said, I could link up about things I see others doing...

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  3. p.s. thanks for the linky love x

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  4. I think this is a fantastic idea! I've had something swirling around in my head for a few months now, but haven't had the time or the cough*balls*cough to get it done.
    I can understand how Louisa feels about not wanting to "brag" about doing a good deed because it does seem like it would take the spotlight off the cause, but maybe writing about a particular cause/charity/person may inspire someone else to help too.
    Let me do some thinking and research and get back to you ;)
    x

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  5. There's something I've wanted to do for a couple of years now, and your post kick-started it again, but I'm still so crook with this damn virus.... finding it very hard to be creative.
    I'd be happy to link up with a post about what you're doing, and things I've seen or heard of others doing, though.

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  6. I like Kellie's idea about writing about others and their causes, but I also think blogging about our own ways of helping would encourage us to do more as well.
    I'd join depending on the 'rules' I guess

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  7. I could link to something I wrote about a while ago that I did? I am uber passionate about it and it's something so simple. But it's not something I am ready/in a space to do within the next few months....... Is it ok to linky up to something old? The reason I'd do it is because it's so easy, anyone could do it - and the comments at the time brought even more helpful discussion and tips/ideas. Let me know! I'd love to be included.

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  8. I think this is a really lovely idea. There are so many amazing bloggers seen here and it would be a shame to not share these stories of giving and genorosity so that the inspiration can be passed on.

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  9. I'm very interested. I try to do little things every day. If I use a soda or snack machine, I leave the extra change in the change return. I pop quarters or dimes or even a nickel, whatever I may have that I can share, into parking meters that need them. If someone in front of me needs just a couple more dollars or a few more cents, I do it. I do whatever I can, whenever I can. Life is really, really tight for us right now, and it may get worse. I've gotten breaks, though. The universe has lent us love and help when we've been at our lowest. I can't not give back.

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  10. It sounds like a very admirable idea. I may not participate this time but I'd definitely be interested to hear how it goes... :)

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  11. I'm in - anything to get outside myself! Can't say it will always be big stuff, but love the idea of anonymous blocks of chocolate ;)

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  12. Great responses guys. And Louisa, I understand the reluctance to make the post about "hey, look what I did for someone else." I was thinking the focus would be more on how it feels good to give and perhaps we could write from that perspective. For me, as I said, it's a way of getting outside of myself and gaining perspective.

    I don't want this to become, "Okay, it's the third Tuesday, time for us all to do something nice for someone." That feels too prescribed. Rather, I know that for me, reading about acts of selflessness or generosity makes me want to go out and do the same. It's contagious.

    I'm open to any and all suggestions, such as linking up old posts or writing about charities, etc. I'm not big on rules, this is about spreading the love.

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  13. I'd be in on that. Even if I were doing something with the intention of blogging about it and linking up, I think it's worth it to get out there and do something, anything, for someone else.
    I've received this kind of amazing kindness recently and been gifted something amazing, I would be happy to pay it forward in any way I could.

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  14. Reading more of these comments (& thanks for your reply love) I am getting a better sense of how it would work & like the idea of having some guidelines about it. xx

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  15. Must admit I feel the same as Louisa - not sure why. I'd be very happy to do stuff but less sure about posting about it. How odd! It is a brilliant idea, though. Spreading a little love can only ever be a good thing.

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  16. I would love to be involved. I think of things much smaller though. Such as listening, the small change mentioned above, a visit, a shoulder to cry on, a pat on the back, a compliment out of the blue and especially family. I have wondered often about me not participating in helping others as much as I feel I could and then I realise just how much I do in so many ways for my family. If this is the sort of thing you mean and I am writing from how it feels and the benefits of sharing then I would truly like to be part of it.

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  17. I feel similar to Louisa, I can't imagine myself linking up, however that is kind of odd, as I would really enjoy reading the things. maybe I could look at things I see others doing IRL and write about how they impress me.

    I also loved Edens post and joined in helping with Louisa too.

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  18. Nothing I could do could ever top Eden's effort!!!
    But I know that I make a difference everytime I smile at the oldies in the nursing home next door - so I guess it doesn't have to be monumental to make someone's day.

    I'm in!!

    xxxCate

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  19. YES! Because no matter what our own situations are, we always have something (time, money, resources) that someone else does not have.

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  20. I knew someone once who wanted to be rich so they could help people...if that isn't self serving I don't know what is. I just want to help and I would love to link up with other people that feel the same as I. Like Tricia said, you always have something (time, money, resources). Wish more people realized this. Maybe your little proposal would help spread that word.

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  21. Something similar to this?
    http://1000homesofhappiness.blogspot.com/

    I think is a lovely idea. Just as you did with the balloons, leaving notes or something to be put out there to be found by people who need them.

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  22. You know, I'm not sure it would be such a crime for it to be 'the third Tuesday of the month' and all of us to be inspired and committed to do something nice for someone. Assuming we could be committed and accepting that other participants are approaching this with the spirit of giving and not publicity-seeking.
    Think how many 'third Wednesdays' might be the beginning of something beautiful for someone else'

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