Keep it Simple!
When it comes to spirituality.... people tell me:
1st, they do not know what spirituality is or
2nd, they do not have time for anything else in their busy lives.
My intention is to provide simple, concise ways to have an understanding of what spirituality means to me, as well as ways to easily use it in your own life. If something resonates with you, try it!
This blog will provide some very simple examples of things you can do today... right NOW!
My younger son has started using the phrase, "Sounds like a first world
problem!" I love it! So when I am complaining about my coffee being too cold
(or too hot) or the battery on my cell phone going dead, I hear, "Sounds like a
first world problem, Mom!" Of course turnabout is fair play, so when he
complains about his new video game being too hard or that the Internet went out,
I get to say, "Sounds like a first world problem, Son!" : )
In January of this year, there was a chemical spill in West Virginia that
contaminated the water source for Elk River, WV for days. Anyone who has been
under a boil water order, knows how difficult it is to get along without clean
water. We go to the tap and expect it to work, to work correctly and to be clean
and sanitary! When something as simple as brushing your teeth becomes a chore,
we are less likely to do it regularly and forget about washing dishes... and we
might as well just go out to eat!
In short, we take clean water for granted!!!!!
Same thing when the power goes out. Have you ever walked into a dark
bathroom in a power outage, knowing the power was out, but still habitually
flipping the light switch only to remain in the dark... "Oh that's right, the
power is out!" Reminding myself that this, too, is a first world problem, helps
to keep things in perspective.
There are people around the world that do not have this same easy access to
clean water or electricity. I recently learned that millions of kids around the
world don't live to see their fifth birthday because they don't have access to
clean, safe drinking water. We can help change that.
I am turning 50 later this year. I'm not usually overly excited about
getting older, but this year I'm really thankful to have spent another "365 days
circling the sun," as a good friend says! To mark the 50th anniversary of this occasion I am
sponsoring a campaign run by Charity Water (http://mycharitywater.org/my-50th-birthday)
to help provide clean water to a community. I wish I could take credit for this
idea, but Julian Lennon did it last year for his 50th birthday, so I have to give him credit for the idea.
I'm asking that instead of sending me a birthday card or gift, that you
contribute that money to this fund. Even if you were to just buy a birthday
card and mail it, I would request that this year, you donate the $3-5 to
fund this project instead. You have the option to put your name or not. If you
do put your name, I will consider that my birthday card/gift! : ) A celebration of my 50th! As an extra added bonus... This is also the 100th post on Simply Spirituality!!!! : )
I looked into the charity and there are a number of
things I really like about it.
1 --> 100% of the money raised will go directly to the PROJECT that WE
fund. This is almost unheard of in the charity world! To find out more click
2 -->The charity will follow the project through and provide updates
with how the money is spent and how many people it helps. That means we'll know the locations and names of the communities we helped. If you are interested,
you can see more about completed projects here.... http://www.charitywater.org/projects/completed-projects/