Posted by Robin Easton
NOTE: I apologize for being unable to respond to your comments last week. Work last week and this hasn’t left me as much time on the computer. I’ve read all of your beautiful insights and will again this week. Although I may not have time to respond, your comments have kept me going and growing. I’m deeply grateful for you and feel your presence in my heart. Love, Robin
Many years ago a friend of mine traveled to Russia just after the collapse of the USSR. Upon his return he told me how poor the people were; they had almost nothing. He showed me pictures of a marketplace in one of the cities. The marketplace was not a thriving bustle of people selling colorful food and fascinating wares. It was almost bare, and I sensed deep shock hung over everything. I never forgot one of the photos he showed me.
In the photo, was a vendor, an elder woman dressed in worn clothes, frayed at the edges. She sat on a concrete sidewalk, her brown skirt tucked under her knees and legs. She looked tired, as if she had lived a thousand years and seen everything imaginable. On the ground in front of her lay a tiny square of blue cloth, on the cloth lay a handful of slightly rusted safety pins and three cardboard tubes from the inside of toilet-paper rolls, and that was all.
Although I saw this photo many years ago, recently it keeps coming to mind, as if this woman were my conscience. Although she probably is now dead, she remains with me. To think of her fills me with deep grief, compassion and a desire to help those who are suffering. A couple of days ago I told my husband about this woman and he held me while I cried. It is right that I cry. It is also even more right that I do something.
Be Part of the World.
Today, blogging about nature, love, personal growth and so on is not enough for me. Lately I hunger to reach out, and make a difference in the world. I hunger to do something that demands so much of me that I forget myself in the doing of it. I hunger to make a difference, so much so that I know I’ve done all I can do. I hunger to go to bed exhausted from hard work, knowing I’ve done something meaningful, real, honest, and life altering for those who suffer.
Blogging is a Privilege
I ask myself and you to remember that blogging and sharing our personal growth, spiritual, nature and consciousness insights, is a luxury that millions in the world do not know. It’s hard to think about personal growth when you haven’t eaten for days or are being used as a slave. There were times in my life when I would not have made it without the kindness of strangers. Can we go without “eating-out” for a week or two and instead use that money to help another eat? Can we not buy that extra pair of shoes, hat, or dress, and instead use the money to help someone in a way that we would hope others would help us.
Make a Difference
I want to share with you three organizations that make a difference. The work they do offers hope and practical positive change to those who gravely suffer or need assistance to live even a fraction of the lives many of us take for granted. If you know of another worthy organization, please feel free to share it with us.
**Abolish Slavery – Aaron Cohen is an amazing man who’s using his time, money and skills to go undercover and free victims of human trafficking, all over the globe. He is executive director of Abolish Slavery. “The United Nations estimates that one to four million people are trafficked worldwide each year.” ~Abolish Slavery. I have the deepest respect for Aaron and what he’s doing to change the world. His work makes me seriously rethink my life.
**Kiva.org – is such a delightful way to help someone in a developing country start their own business, and improve their life. Through Kiva you can directly loan $25 to an individual of your choosing. You can read what each person dreams of doing, and about their family, and life.
**The Girl Effect – This organization is incredible and based on a fascinating principle that “Given the opportunity girls living in poverty are uniquely capable of changing their lives and the lives of their brothers, sisters, communities and countries for the better. It’s a ripple effect that’s a revolution in the fight against poverty.” ~Girl Effect