Friday, July 08, 2005

july: monthly intention

July Inspiration:
Picture the ripples from a pebble thrown into a lake, they eventually reach the shore on all sides. Your influence ripples out from you to your immediate family to your friends to your community to your country to the planet. And everyone you touch touches others. George Bernard Shaw said, "I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can." This month we invite you to pay attention to the effect you have on your immediate environment, friends, family, and community, pay attention to the ripples that begin with you.

July Question for Reflection:
We each have the opportunity to serve something greater then ourselves; to offer our unique perspective and help our community in some way. Ask yourself what you can do to help your community. There are many levels of participation; even the smallest contribution makes difference. Some ideas: Gather your friends and/or neighbors and spend a few hours cleaning up the local beach or park, bring extra bags to offer to anyone who wants to help; offer your expertise to a local boys or girls club, perhaps you can cook a meal with a group or bring in a picnic to a local shelter, mentor a child, donate money to a local cause that you care about, make a call about fixing that pothole down the street, think creatively and make a difference. This month we ask you, "What can you do to make a difference in your community?"


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