I am a Benedictine Oblate and my charism is outreach to people I do not know. For almost 20 years I have sent condolence cards to the friends, family and colleagues of people who have died of diseases or a sudden or untimely death. The cards include prayers and/or poems that might speak to the hearts of those mourn or grieve their loss.
I also provide these cards to people I know and love, but I would say that 90% are to people I do not know. I send the cards a month or two after a person has died, and when many friends and family return to their normal patterns. This card arrives from someone no one knows and the words can really touch their heart and bring up sadness and joy in the one who receives the card. I include a brief statement in the card letting the person know that I do not know them or their loved one. I certainly don't want them stressing over who I am and why they can't remember me. They don't need to ponder that at this time of grief and sadness.
Some people and certain cultures to not send or receive cards after the death of someone... in some instances this card may be the only one that put the full name of the deceased, with their birth and death dates on it.
The enclosed pieces have then been kept or framed as a memorial to the one they love.
Each one of us, who want to be a part of the Giving Challenge, probably have much more than one person needs. Although much of what I possess, as goodies, are not practical items, they are eclectic, fanciful, beautiful and poignant treasures. These goodies have the intrinsic ability to brighten someone else's day.
Whatever I have given away, I have NEVER missed; NEVER!
What I'd most like to receive:
My outreach IS its own reward; satisfying and fulfilling.
The endeavor itself is all prayer.
What I would like to receive is that my gift might inspire another to consider their own outreach to others in their community. We are all called to PAY IT FORWARD.
How did you hear about the 29-Day Giving Challenge?
NPR and Borders.com emails to me.
I grew up in Connecticut, lived in New York from 1963-1971 and then moved to San Francisco. There I lived and thrived for 37 years (YIKES!). In June 2008 I moved to Southbury CT; what a culture shock. I have not found my niche for involvement yet.
Daily, I take digital photos and send out cards to friends and family with my photos on the cards. My day is full with my oblate charism and lots of music: early, world, opera and classical music nourish my spirit as I work away.
I am Episcopalian, single (never married or partnered), 67
and look forward to a vibrant, stimulating and fulfilling 2010.
"Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?"
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Welcome to the Challenge. It will be an exciting experience. This community is so wonderful and the challenge stretches you. I will be looking for forward to reading your blogs.
Love and Light,