A Capacity for Caring

Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. ~Ayn Rand

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Have you ever noticed how often life seems to be stitched together by the coincidence of synchronous events,  where everything you read, every person you encounter, every indiscriminate thought you imagine all point to the obvious and often random conclusion? Please let me explain.

About two years ago, after hearing them talk, I decided that I would try to help Kerry and Carole Allison with their passion.  That passion is the young people who are left deserted and alone and living on the streets in Odessa, Ukraine.  These kids have absolutely nothing: no parents to love them, no food to eat, no shelter from the snow and rain and no hope for the future except a life of absolute poverty, eating whatever they can find from the garbage and picking up a few dollars by performing sexual favours. Of course, being human, they’ll do whatever they must to survive.

According to Carole, when kids, who are in state custody, reach 16, they are released from government care and dumped on the streets. This is where those that traffic in the sex trade find many of their victims.  The kids have nowhere to turn except accepting handouts from these people in trade for sex.  Of course not all kids turn out that way.  Many of the others live in underground sewers by night and roam the streets and food kitchens by day, but just a few kids reach Kerry and Carole’s “First Step” home.

As I think about what they told me, I can’t help but think about my own kids and how devastated I would be if anything like that happened to them.  That’s probably why I connected so well to them and what they were trying to do. So, anyway, that was two years ago that I thought I would do something.

And then life got in the way, and I dropped the ball.

Now, here’s where it gets coincidental and synchronous.

I met a person in Moncton a few weeks ago who, right in the middle of a business conversation, started telling me about what he is planning on doing this coming year.  He wants to take a team of people to Haiti to help the people who need help.  He had been there on a trip a few years ago and he had seen the tremendous need for people like you and me to reach out and help in any way we could.  Then, I met Matt in Halifax, and he randomly gave me a book about building leadership in people to build bigger visions and bigger results.  Then there’s the book that I’m writing with Debbie about how everyone has a story, and each story can change someone else’s world.

So now, I had people telling me that I needed to have a bigger vision that is global and I needed to get it into action, and I had people giving me books that pointed towards how to build that vision. And I am writing one that says that everyone can make a difference.

Next, I picked up a book for Judy for her birthday called “The Shack” that, I was told, was a good read and that she would like it, but I wasn’t ready for what emotions I went through as I read it after her. This book took all of what I had been thinking and all of the questions that I had been asking and answered them in a fictional story about finding purpose in life.  Once I picked it up, I simply couldn’t put it down until I finished it.

The message the book and all the events that have happened to me in the past little while conveyed to me was “everyone has a capacity to care for something that is bigger than themselves: They have just to move past the self made barriers that they have embedded in their way, and create a new way. They must clear out the limiting patterns that have misguided them and step out in faith and genuine love for our earthly co-passengers and do things for them instead of wanting something from them.”

Woah. Yeah I know. Heady stuff.

Let’s face it.  The economy is going south.  Countries are going bankrupt. Corporations are cutting right to the bone and people are losing their jobs.  With everyone trying to save their own skins we are losing them.

We must start taking better care of and start caring for each other. (And I just don’t mean sending a card at Christmas)I mean becoming genuinely interested in and doing things that will make it easier for each person to live in safety with dignity and joy.

So, here is what I propose: The MUST Foundation, based on the premise that we must do something now before the world caring situation gets too much further out of hand.

We must take action.

Let’s start with Kerry and Carole in Ukraine. One of the biggest needs that they have is medical supplies: bandages, medication and the like.

Let’s, this week, go to our local doctors or hospitals or pharmacies and see if they would be willing to donate just $50 dollars worth of supplies to helping these kids in Ukraine.  If you don’t want to do that or if they don’t want to help, then let’s just do it ourselves.  Let’s raise over a thousand dollars worth of much needed medical supplies that we can get to them by Christmas.  Then send it along to me here in Sussex, NB, and I will make the arrangements to have it sent to them.

Many people say that they want to make a difference, but only talk about it.

You are different, you take action.

Here is a wonderful opportunity for you to step out and give legs to the hopes you have for the world.  You can help prove that not only can one voice make a difference, but many voices in unison can change the world.

What will you do now? Will you speak out with your actions?

Make this someone else’s best week ever.

Paul

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