The art of action: take a moment for your fellow human

I have consciously slowed down in August, yet it seems like life is faster than ever. The month has flown by, my “to do list” is even longer and now I find myself at the end of the month.  I am in a bit of a panic over returning to my day job. How will I fit working in too??

THEN I am scurrying home from the studio, with my “to do list” blaring in my brain and I pass a homeless person with a pleading sign by the side of the road. My brain stops- nothing else matters, my heart hurts for this person. Weather worn, spirit hurt and trying to remain hopeful, I want to confirm to her that there are good people in the world who won’t judge, just try to help a little. I reach down to the inside pocket of my car and find there is nothing there. Now I am in a panic- the light is changing, I have nothing to share except about $.07 in my wallet.

I NEED TO CHANGE THIS

For the last 3-4 years, I have carried around “blessing bags”. Usually a quart sized bag filled with small necessities, something to eat and drink, first aid things, sanitizing wipes, band aids etc. I carry them around and then when I run across someone who might benefit  I offer it to them. I do not in any way want to insult anyone or assume anything. I just know that this is something I can do. I can validate them as human beings and the fact that they might just need a little bit of love. I don’t assume, I don’t judge, I just offer a small bit of comfort.

For me it is better than looking away when I see someone on the side of the road with a sign. Yes- it is uncomfortable- but how much more uncomfortable is it for that person?

I get to go home to my warm home and happy life. I get to eat what I want – I get a clean bed to rest in, water that is pure to drink and bathe in and frankly. I AM RICH- but one never knows what life will bring you. Tomorrow that could all change.

I have no interest in judging anyone, my every day mission is to be helpful to others. This could be a pep talk, a hug or yes, a blessing bag.

SO- I invite you to join me to create blessing bags on Thursday, September 24th. please bring something to put into them- we will create as many as possible. When you RSVP PLEASE let me know what you will be bringing. Here is a list of suggestions-

  1. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  2. Tylenol (individual packet of 2)
  3. Tissues
  4. Antibacterial wipes individually packaged
  5. Bandages
  6. Razor
  7. Juice box (water bottles should not be kept in hot car)
  8. Granola Bar
  9. packaged crackers
  10. Safety pins
  11. small sewing kit
  12. Socks
  13. Deodorant
  14. Bar soap and shampoo (the ones from hotels are GREAT!)
  15. Mouthwash
  16. small lotion
  17. Comb
  18. mint lifesavers
  19. individually packaged dried fruit
  20. any small packaged food that is calorie rich and non perishable

blessing bagI promise you this- the opportunity to love a stranger, even in this small way is a much greater blessing to me. It’s not much compared to the challenges that the homeless face. But if this can offer any comfort at all – then it is a good and wonderful thing.

That which you do for the least of my brothers……

In peace and love,

Susan

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I am a human, just like everyone else. My roles in life, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, friend…artist, advocate of arts and humans has brought me to this place. I support the arts, my fellow artists, while supporting my community, and supporting those in need

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