I feel like my brain is firing images at me left right and centre. I feel like I am coming up with all the solutions to all the problems of the world. Ha...nothing like a bit of positive drama. Okay very exaggerated and impossible drama....but none the less. There might just be a little gem in among a couple of brain connections there somewhere. I am certain that prayer is helping me to rewire. I need time time time to put it down. I love my kids but sometimes I wish they were already independent and I am very aware that I should be careful what I wish for so I retract that statement as quickly as I type it. Not finished.
So just pointing out the obvious...just because...saturating the places in the world that need it most with the talent you have or some dollars you can spare has got to make a difference to the space we are in. Googling charities, the first one I take seriously that pops up is 'The Salvation Army - helps provide hope, opportunity and freedom to all Australians without discrimination'. I remember my Nana would always go to her salvation army mid week meetings without fail (even though she was in another church) and if there was a memory that lives in the hope of a better place, an acceptance of all and belly laughter, it is that of my Nana. I remember a woman being at the Downing Centre Court in Sydney on the odd times I had to go there and seeing Joyce Harmer (Salvation Army Officer) attending to any persons in a highly emotional state. She was incredible. I have just found a link here and it seems her husband also was doing the same work with offenders and Joyce with the victims. The link is a interview with George Negus (ABC) in 2004. Then I log onto the Salvation Army website this morning and up pops an old friend's face I went to school with in Lawrence with her family, Cynthia Bacon, who has lived on and off in Timor-Leste in south east Asia to help bring basic needs like clean water to villiages. I know that Cynthia was also teaching the women to sew for themselves and develop an income to sell their goods back here in Australia (I need to find a link for that??) There are people all over the place helping where help is needed and the least I can do is throw a few dollars regularly their way in support. They don't ram religion down people's throat but help where it is needed - as humble as they come just getting on with it. There are hundreds of charities out there doing good things. We all become a bit blind to the seemingly invisible and vital work people do when there always seems to be a hand out asking for money. Charity for lots of us does not begin at home, perspective is required just a little bit, we just have to look at the news. I have not been to Salvation Army things but I know the caliber of some of the people that are part of that body. Right hearts and right minds. How good would it be to place loads of money into the hands of the people who I know will use it only for the purpose of bringing a little bit of heaven to earth for people who have no means of bringing themselves out of whatever difficult state they are in. I sound positively like a commercial...anyone please make a regular donation (this link is for the good old Salvos). It does make a difference.
Brisbane visual artist