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"I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that.
Then I realised I was somebody." Lily Tomlin
Today is the day I'm saying "I am a somebody". At the end of 2012 we were again shocked by senseless tragedy. For whatever reason this is the one which pushed me to the limit. This is the one which has moved me from talk to action.
This is what I am asking you to to do:
Take something ugly and make it beautiful
Let's just say I have known ugly and it hurt. Beauty has made me whole again. Given me laughter, joy, freedom and peace.
“Beauty will save the world” Fyodor Dostoevsky
Will it? I say its time to give it a try. Save a little part. Then a little bit bigger and so on....
I'm not going to tell you what to do specifically.
The key for me has been creating beauty in my garden .Then I moved beyond my garden and started volunteering in a very small, local way.
I'm setting up a website
A Gentle Plan.com
"In a gentle way, you can shake the world." Mahatma Gandhi
My aim is for it to become a repository of ideas and an avenue for discussion. I need YOU to fill the pages with your experiences, plans, ideas and opinions. With things you have seen, heard, made, bought or done. Want to guest post? There is a space for you here.
Beauty can be in an action, in a person, in design, in a location, in an idea, a product, a business practise, in art and nature. Just write and tell me what you are doing or draw attention to some special place, person, organisation or business that makes the world beautiful. It can be in your home, yard, workplace, school, neighourhood, city or half way around the world. I like small ideas as they are usually more achievable but let me know about small things that have grown into bigger things too.
A Gentle Plan.com needs some last minute tweaks so isn't online yet. I couldn't, however, pass up the opportunity to make my announcement as part of Vicki's blog party. The party itself is a beautiful idea and Vicki being a somebody and making it happen is beautiful too.
Included in the party are lots of give aways. Here are my contributions
Made byThe Rocky Mountain Soap Co in Canmore, Alberta. Kudos to the company for not only using natural ingredients but also remodelling their store in an environmentally responsible way. They hire local which gets them on my beautiful list. I use their soap all the time.
These are from Lee Valley Tools, a Canadian institution. A great many men dream of retiring and going to work in a Lee Valley store. Until then they wear their Lee Valley sweatshirts and baseball caps and pretend to work at the store.
Here is the catologue blurb so you know what you are getting:"These are not feeble plastic tools. Made from glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene, they are lightweight, strong, and non-rusting. Children will enjoy learning to garden with this brightly colored selection of tools, suitably sized from 8" to 9" long. Adults can also use them for indoor gardening, as they are easier to store and less cumbersome than traditional hand tools, and they won't scratch surfaces the way metal tools can.The set of six includes a wide trowel, four-prong cultivator, weeding fork, narrow trowel, two-prong cultivator, and weeder. They are also appropriate as a beach or sandbox set."
I find them useful for potting and ideal in therapy programs.
Leave a comment if you would like either of these gifts. Please indicate if you are interested in one or the other or both. I will mail overseas. You do not have to follow to be eligible to win.