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Blog Action Day

Tweet So this year I’ve decided (along with over 7,700 other blogs) to join the Blog Action Day on the 15th of October. This is an opportunity for bloggers around the world to discuss and explore options for reducing or dare I say eradicating poverty from our world. Now I’m not 100% sure what I’m [...]

So this year I’ve decided (along with over 7,700 other blogs) to join the Blog Action Day on the 15th of October. This is an opportunity for bloggers around the world to discuss and explore options for reducing or dare I say eradicating poverty from our world.

Now I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to write about yet for this day, but I’ll certainly write something. While I may now live in New Zealand, I did spend part of my childhood living in Papua New Guinea and I’ve seen first hand what poverty can be like. I’ve seen a country with wealth be ripped apart by war, and I’ve seen people living with nothing.

The thing is, the people of poverty are not like you and I, they are different. Some of the most caring, most generous people I’ve known have been what the world would class as poor. These people who have little or nothing, give. Not only do they give, but they do it with a smile and a genuine love. 

Maybe there is something in this, maybe we in the rich nations have something to learn here. We bitch and moan when we can’t pay for our Subscriber TV, or when the power company puts the price up, or when gas prices go up – and yet we still drive to the supermarket to get pizza and beer to eat in front of our tv’s. We are bitter, upset and yet we still have what we wanted.

The friends I made who have nothing, are hurting – there is no replacing that. But they don’t moan about it, they don’t complain – they simple get on with living, with eeking out an existence from whatever they can. Yes they would love to have more food, more warmth, more security – but they also realise something we forget. Life is for the living.

So I challenge you with this:

rich or poor, are you doing the best you can do with what you have today? Are you living life thankful for each new day? Are you working to better yourself, to get through today with a smile?

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4 Responses

10.13.08

It would be better if you actually *did* something about poverty.

10.13.08

ahh but I am. See I’m really keen on the whole micro-enterprise solutions that are out there. Blog Action Day is teaming up with Kiva.org – which is really good. I’m donating through World Vision and am looking at a couple of other Micro-Enterprise places to donate too.

The great thing about micro-enterprise is you are helping people build a future that can help them and their families for many years to come.

10.13.08

Blog AND do – that’s why it’s called “Blog ACTION Day.” We want people to do things to relieve poverty and then blog about what they’ve done, or blog about what they’re gonna do and then go do it. The two go hand-in-hand. If you do, but then don’t tell anyone, the impact is likely to be much smaller.

Thanks for supporting us this year Mr K!

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