I believe that our instinctive alliances, the folk we resonate with, are sent as a signpost, pointing to our values, our needs and our longings. People come, people go. We love, we learn, we evolve and move on. We’re all travellers, after all. Only our souls, our real selves stay intact. Relationships, deep or casual, can result in disappointment or pain but some people were sent as teachers, bringing us lessons about ourselves; they were lines drawn by the universe to underline or point to the people, beliefs and actions that do matter.
Over the coming weeks, as I play around – and believe me, it is that intuitive and spontaneous – with the concepts of finding and expressing our voices as creative people, writers, bloggers, business builders and parents, I’m hoping to have a lot of open mike nights, charity coffee mornings and bring and buy sales in our wee café-bistro. I genuinely want this to become a café where people can sit silently, read and relax or chat and enjoy the company of others.
There’s so much information on the net; I’d like this to be somewhere that values wisdom, experience, synchronicity, instincts and spontaneous insights too. I especially treasure the people who become regulars, whether they smile at me silently or fill the space with laughter, music and chat.
I read the following post last week and decided to use it, right there and then, because of how it moved me; because I like the person who wrote it. We learn as much about ourselves from our spontaneous choices as we do from our deliberate self excavation.
I have been given permission to use this post in its entirety, as it first appeared. I know Randi from her comments at other blogs. She has helped and inspired many people, always happy to praise and support others in her comments. I enjoy commenting in other blogs too, and I like the ones where I’m made to feel welcome at their ‘kitchen tables’. For me, it’s part of the essence of the awesome potential that blogging has to shrink the world in a huge win/win hug. That’s why I resonated with Randi. When I learned more about her, I knew my instincts were sound.
Unite for Hunger and Hope ~ by Randi at Foreign Quang
April 29, 2009, is the day of BlogCatalog’s Unite for Hunger and Hope. BlogCatalog hoped that as many bloggers as possible would post about the seriousness of the world hunger situation. At last count, 598 bloggers agreed to participate.
My sister, Kelli Solsma, President of Project Rehema [see picture] has made me acutely aware of the growing problem of world hunger. Kelli has traveled to Tanzania, Africa, on numerous occasions. She began traveling there as a member of a medical and educational ministry team. The doctors on the team would perform much-needed surgeries for the citizens of Tanzania, often in hospitals with dirt floors. Kelli’s special focus was on the orphans, most of whom had lost their parents due to the AIDS epidemic. She has worked tirelessly with the Tanzanian government in an attempt to open adoptions.
When the ministry that she supported could no longer focus as much on the orphans as Kelli would have liked, she simply began her own ministry. Her heart could not forget a special little girl. According to the Project Rehema website:
“Rehema was a beautiful, but small, frail, little girl who was first noticed by a group of missionaries at 3 separate orphanages in July of 2003. When asked why she was moved so often, the reply was, “Rehema is HIV positive, you know.” The perception that Rehema’s mere presence would spread HIV to others prevented her from being admitted to most orphanages. Rehema spent her last days at one of the few orphanages that do accept HIV positive children. She died on July 24, 2004. She was only 8 years old. Project Rehema is named in her honor.”
Since so many of Tanzania’s orphans have AIDS, the food shortage has become especially painful for Tanzanian children. The AIDS medication that is available to them, has to be taken with food. Many children do not get enough food to even be able to take their medicine. They die, hungry and sick. 1 in 9 Tanzanian children die before age five.
Kelli related to me an especially poignant conversation she had with a Tanzanian adult woman. When Kelli asked the woman how many meals she had a day, the woman replied “Two.” As shocked as Kelli was by that answer, she had the presence of mind to pursue it further. “And what do you eat for your meals?”
The answer was shocking. “The first meal we have tea. For the second meal, we share a piece of corn.” [On the cob–shared among four people.]
That answer alone should make us grateful for every mouthful we stuff into our faces and for every plateful we scrape into the garbage. Super-size me indeed.
If your heart is touched this Unite for Hunger and Hope Day, Project Rehema does accept donations. They are attempting to fix the “Donate” section of their website so please call Kelli directly using the numbers on the website.
For some real inspiration, watch Daughtry’s video, “What About Now?”
Where do you bestow yourself? Which are your most treasured alliances? What can you learn about yourself from the people who move you and bring out the best in you, the causes that call to you?