Thursday, November 8, 2012

my challenge to you: invest in your community {speak with actions and not words}

If you are friends with me on Facebook {this is not an invitation to add my personal fb, page, I just know many of my family and friends read my blog} then you saw my comments the day after the election. 

I went to bed soon after midnight on Tuesday night when it was announced President Obama had been elected for another 4 years. 

I woke up to so many Facebook posts about how the world was ending, people were moving to Canada {insert any country}, bashing our re-elected commander in chief and just saying nasty things. It made my heart hurt. I try not to talk too much about politics, I promise you will never guess what political party I stand with.  You will never guess because I don't side with either party, I think we need both sides to co-exist, but that is another post for another day. It does not matter to me who won or lost on Tuesday, the bigger issue I have is the way we as Americans are handling it. 

Here is one of my post election Facebook posts:

"here is an idea: take all the time you spent on facebook/twitter over the last few months talking politics{or liking 100s of stupid posts}, count it up and spend that much time in 2013 on your community. If you aren't happy with the outcome you should start by making changes in your home, then your community, then your city, state etc. If you are happy Obama won use the time to try and bring our nation together. Again, your actions speak louder than your words {or silly facebook posts}"

Everyone wants to rant and rave about what they hate, but how often do we try and change it? I am not someone to sit on the side lines. If I see something that bothers me I try to change it. Do I think I am going to wake up tomorrow and run for president, no. But I know I can make a difference in my community. 

I challenge you to make a goal for 2013: spend more time investing in your community. Decide on how much time, maybe an hour a week, an hour a month, anything. But commit to doing something that will make the community you live in a better place. I urge you to go one step further. Do something beyond your normal community. I volunteer a lot with the military community, one of my goals for 2013 is to volunteer with my local community here in Norfolk. So, if you have kids I urge you to go beyond just volunteering at their school. Maybe spend one afternoon a month at the local soup kitchen with your family, giving back your time. 

There are so many things we as a nation can change, but we have to start at home.  We have to get out there and lead by example. We have to remember our actions speak volumes louder than our words do. 

As our next generation grows up with all of these social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter we cannot let them think by simply posting about why we dislike something change will happen. Change only happens with action. We live in a country where we can disagree, and if we dislike something we can work to change it. We need to stop complaining and be the change. 

this was my alternative post title: "stop complaining and take action {or why democrats and republicans made me angry}" lol

linking up with alissa 



Cynthia L. said...

I love this! I make Quilts for Kids and try to be as active in my neighborhood as possible. Thanks for sharing, so well written.

Karri said...

I love this and I read your post on IG to some friends. I totally agree. And it's a philosophy I stand by... I a, highly involved at the community level in so many aspects. And while we hit brick walls often, it's still a great feeling to see how far we have come. To think...none of this would have been done had a group of concerned neighbors taken action. And now we are an established executive board that our city government takes seriously!

Anonymous said...

girl. amen.

Alyson McMahon said...

Love you and love this idea! You are such an inspiring friend Jen!!

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