So in the midst of the Christmas, Hannukah, Kawanza season, there is, as you all know, an upswing in giving, charity, outreach, and love. This is a good thing.
But I'm thinking ahead. And yes, I sound like a wet blanket (where did that term come from anyway?).
Right around the corner is 2007. We'll party it up, or stay home and watch Dick Clark (who's a bit like Bilbo Baggins; ageless, but is being spread thin like butter on too much toast) and then go back to living our lives for another 10 or 11 months and do it again. The poor, the homeless, the children without Fathers, etc, are forgotten till November.
So what if we did this? Keep the Holiday charity cheer and good fuzzy feelings of giving, but in Jan and Feb, make a intentional effort to contact organizations that still need our help, but are probably forgotten. Homeless shelters, homes for abused women, rehab centers, street kids, the hungry, homeless, and destitute.
From what I understand, they get overwhelmed with help during the holidays (a good thing!) but then are left out in the cold when it's all over and we sleep off our turkey, candy, fudge, and play with our new toys or wear our new clothes.
At Revolution we're going to do something with this - I'm just not sure what yet.
But like the T-shirt I'm wearing today says (courtesy of the One project) "You have one life. Do something."