Tweet So yesterday someone wrote a comment saying it would be better if we actually did something about poverty. I guess in a way after re-reading my post that it sounded like I wasn’t encouraging this. Yesterday was a post written from experience a post written to challenge the way we currently look at our [...]
So yesterday someone wrote a comment saying it would be better if we actually did something about poverty. I guess in a way after re-reading my post that it sounded like I wasn’t encouraging this. Yesterday was a post written from experience a post written to challenge the way we currently look at our own lives.
I grew up as a mission kid, which means, I grew up living with parents on the mission field in other countries. We spent many years living in different parts of Papua New Guinea, from reasonably well off areas, to the poorest of the poor. Some of the happiest times of my youth were spent in the street with the local kids, just playing. Toys consisted of recycled rubbish from someone else. One of the best toys we had was made up from two sticks and a used tire. We’d run around the neighbor hood pushing the tire in front of us having races.
But see, I’d always go home at the end of the day to food (albeit it food on a very tight budget) a warm bath and bed. My friends often went home, but not always to a happy, healthy place.
Today I still have a heart for helping, and I have my dreams to work with those less fortunate – but for now I’m looking at ways I can help from my life right now. One thing people always say when writing is “write something that you know about, something you are passionate about”. Well I think it’s the same when it comes to helping others. If you are the sort of person who enjoys working in a soup kitchen – then go and do it. For me, right now my passion is business. I really enjoy working with people to help their business grow.
So I’m going to focus on my passion by working with the likes of www.kiva.org and www.endpoverty.org who specialise in loans to help equip small business. Blog Action Day is one day, it’s one day to put some extra effort into continuing to raise awareness, raise funds and to do something about poverty.
It’s one day – but what about the 364 other days in the year? What are you going to do?
Tell you what, rather than moan about how “writing a blog” doesn’t help reduce poverty, why not write about what YOU are doing? Look at the others involved in Blog Action Day (over 8,000 now) and see what they are doing – get in behind SOMEONE who is trying to make a difference, and lets see what YOU can do.
For those of you reading this post who are involved in Blog Action Day – feel free to leave a short comment saying what you are doing and a link to your site so others can find & read your story.