Thursday, June 30, 2011

MY TOP TEN


(this is random and may not be the same tomorrow)

1.                 FALLING IN LOVE!
·                    I’ve fallen in love many times and love passionately when I do.  I guess it’s my love of and for life that makes me not afraid to give loving my best shot.  I’ve been hurt even more times than I’ve been in love, still I wouldn’t change the fact that love is what makes the world go round – not money; but love.  Having experienced love has increased my desire to be more compassionate towards others.  For me, love is something to be shared with those around you.

2.                GETTING ANOTHER CHANCE TO CORRECT MY MISTAKES!
·                    Who never makes mistakes in life?  We all do, but can you imagine how miserable we would be if we never got the chance to admit that we got it wrong and make things right?  I hope that I never become too big to admit when I’m wrong.

3.                COUNTING MY BLESSINGS!
·                    Can someone say 'no-brainer'.  I’m reminded of it whenever I open my mouth to complain about something that’s not going right!  I have a lot to be thankful for.  It is a blessing to me to just be on this earth right now and I don’t need reminding that I need to be all that I can be.

4.                BEING APPRECIATED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
·                    Like everyone else, I’m egotistical, the Id is strong in me and needs massaging, so I feel vindicated when the people I care about – care about me.

5.                WAKING UP ON A SATURDAY MORNING THINKING IT’S A WORK DAY AND THEN REALIZING IT’S THE WEEKEND!
·                    This one really needs no explanation.  If you can’t relate – then you are working far too hard; or maybe you’re not working at all.

6.                FINALLY USING THE BATHROOM AFTER HOLDING IT IN ALL DAY!
·                    I’ve heard it said that this emotion can be equated to a satisfying sexual experience, but I think the feeling of relief and release is incomparable.

7.                WRITING SOMETHING THAT RESONATES WITH THE READER AND INSPIRES THEM TO DO SOMETHING THEY WERE AFRAID TO DO BEFOREHAND!
·                    Is it true that writers are afflicted with self-doubt? – I am.  As one who has so much to say, I often feel that no one wants to receive it.  Maybe it has something to do with the fact that you can’t take yourself too seriously when you are often putting your innermost thoughts out there for all and sundry to hold up for ridicule. It really is a nice feeling when someone “gets” what you are trying to communicate and an even bigger bonus when you inspire them.  That is when the mission of writing has been accomplished – reaching its mark and making the recipient think, act or change.

8.                WATCHING GOD MAKE A WAY OUT OF NO WAY!
·                    Every person’s experiences are unique and mine are no different.

9.                THE SMELL OF THE EARTH WHEN I’M WORKING IN MY GARDEN!
·                    I LOVE to potter around, planting, digging and generally getting my hands dirty.  As a child I used to bury my nosed in the ground after a shower of rain, the love of the soil has stayed with me.

10.           MUSIC AND ITS POWER TO MOVE ME!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Family Unification & Resettlement Initiative (FURI)

Having spoken with Carmeta Albarus-Lindo and being struck by her warm generous nature, I promised that I would do everything in my power to donate the 10  computer units she needed for her Charity, FURI (The Family Unification and Resettlement Initiative).  With headquarters in New York and an outpost  in Jamaica, the charity is instrumental in offering resources to those immigrants forcibly repatriated and returned to their country of origin. 
I strongly believe that God does not bring us on the journey unless he has made the way and path clear but I must admit that after shooting off my mouth and being so optimistic about trying to raise the funds to purchase the units (which I intended to source via another non-profit organization in the Bronx) I wondered if I had this time bitten off more than I could chew.  Then, clear as a bell, came the thought to simply ask a number of my friends and colleagues to donate $50 for a good cause.
I arranged a meeting with the local non-profit who would hopefully be providing the computers and, as luck would have it, they were having a sale and had the very units I needed for the incredible price of $99 each.  I don’t know where the words came from, but as the meeting progressed, I became an advocate and mouthpiece for FURI; so convincing was my argument that I came away not only having sourced eight desktops, but also garnered a partnership for FURI with a high-profile New York charity that has access to multiple funding streams.
The challenge in closing the purchase of the desktop units was that I had only two hours in which to raise the funds, since that was the lee-way before the units would be sold on a first come basis.  Well I got home and started working the phones!  The spiel came and with each call it became easier to beg my friends for their donation.  No amount was too small, or too large.  I really was surprised at the ease with which the dollars rolled in.  One donor made a generous donation of $200 – even though I only asked for $50.
I started calling at 3:15 pm and by 4:55 pm I was able to call the seller and say that I had raised $800 to purchase the 8 units.  Another kind donor told me that he could give me two computers – so all in all in the space of less than two hours, I had a commitment for ten computers.
After getting the promise of assistance, I took the next three days to collect the funds.  I want to personally extend a huge THANK YOU to all who supported me, some without question, in raising the funds.  You will also be recognized by FURI, look out for your official receipts since your contributions are tax-deductible donations. 
Today, I went to pick up the desktop units, unfortunately, I only received six, because two units were not in good working order.  Never mind, the sense of achievement and accomplishment was indescribable.  Knowing that they will go some way in providing a link for those returnees to the families they have left behind is, as the Mastercard catchphrase says – PRICELESS!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

NEW BEGINNINGS!



The old adage that when life hands you lemons, you simply make lemonade really is one that I have had to learn and apply to my life.  Another one could well be that you never miss your water until your well runs dry.  How many of us bemoan a situation, whether it be work, school, family or a relationship.  It’s not until that connection is drastically changed or no longer exists that we truly realize what we have lost.

Not one to cry over spilt milk, at least not for too long, I’ve learned and am still learning to adapt to whatever situation I find myself in.  I will confess though that losing my job in March 2010 was one of the most catastrophic events in my life.  I’ve never been fired or laid off from a job before and after running through a gamut of emotions, I finally arrived at the place where I believe God was trying to steer me – acceptance.  Acceptance that doing anything half-heartedly is really cheating yourself and denying yourself the opportunity of a life fulfilled.   Some call it ‘a purpose-driven life’.

Casting around for things to do, I decided to just take some time out to concentrate on me.  It really is a delicious feeling, not having to wake up at some ungodly hour, tumbling out of a bed that seems most inviting at the moment you depart its comforting hug.  Spending days just pottering around the house, starting one task after another, flitting like a butterfly.  A little touch here, a tweak there, concentrating on this chore; then leaving it before completion to start something else.  There was no structure, no schedules – just me and my whimsical fancy for the next project to grab my attention.  Although I was living as though I was a woman of means, reality must sooner or later set in.  If money is going out and none is coming in, like Mr. Micawber’s admonition to David Copperfield "misery will follow." 

So I’ve taken the bull by the horns and instead of dreaming and plotting - I’m doing.  Sheron P VOA (Virtual Office Assistant) is now launched on Facebook and I can’t wait to bring my brand of service to the virtual working world.

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