Sunday, January 30, 2011
Community and Another First for Me...Volunteer Firefighter
Acts of community and amazing communities are all around us. Look at how the community in Tuscon came together after the recent tragedy this month. Look at the various communities in Egypt coming together as one as they protest in a desire for a better and more equal community. Look at the way a community of people banded together in Central Arkansas to protect, warm and feed another community of people (i.e., the homeless). Look at your own family and how they band together when one is ill or suffering. If we could only spread that feeling of community as fast as that fire yesterday flamed out of control, what a world we would make. Wait! We can! Every time you band together with others, you are spreading that love and sense of community. You can call it "Pay it Forward" or whatever name you want to, but the point is to spread love and kindness in all that you do. Help others. Focus on what you have in common rather than the vast differences that could separate you like a great sea...but only if you let it.
Just a side note, when I walk into church today there will be a lot of tired, sore people (self included), but I am predicting that what you will hear (along with singing, scripture, etc.) is a lot of laughter and stories (possibly a few tall tales) about 'the big fire' yesterday. I am already smiling about it, and I am not even there yet. That is the thing about communities...they are always with you...in your heart and in your mind.
I hope that all of you find a community of your own, and when you do, please celebrate it and pass the feeling on.
Sunshine Dreams to You ~ Today and Every Day! :)
P.S. The fire was successfully contained but not after it had spread and scorched a great deal of land including a beautiful mountain.. Between the wind and the dry leaves, the Ralph Caney Volunteer Fire Department had their hands full. No buildings or houses were lost. This small, but proud, group of firefighters support their efforts on $25/year from each of the families in the Hwy 14 South area (paid as a line item on their property tax bill) and an annual fundraiser (BBQ, silent auction, music) in the fall. If you run a non-profit and you want to see how to get it done, you might want to travel to Mull and take a look at this group. I have never seen more done with less. It just goes to show that sometimes more money isn't the way to get it done, it is simply more hands. Because let me tell you, the hands in this group, get it done. Their big hearts probably have a lot to do with it too. This is also not to say that they would not appreciate donations. Just sayin'. :)