Saturday, July 17, 2010

on making differences

When we entitled and blessed ones finally meet the Needy, I hope there are no more big screens or sweatshops. I hope we learn to think.

When Love wins, I hope there is no 'us' and 'them' anymore, just people who need one another, who need community.

I hope we learn to love more than just our money and our shopping malls. I hope 'success' is not equated with 'excess.'

I hope we find our conscience dictating what we buy and who and where it comes from.

Can we learn that nothing is every really 'thrown away?' Can we learn to be responsible consumers in a world dictated by mass production?

I hope we learn endless love and compassion for those outside ourselves... and I hope it makes a difference.


Things you and I can do today to be more awesome:

-Read the tags on the clothes and shoes you buy. If it's made outside of the U.S. or doesn't have a Fair Trade label, don't take the chance it was made by someone compensated unfairly.

-Visit a thrift store instead of a mall.

-Shop local, support local farmers.

-Buy coffee that is grown fairly and sustainably... Starbucks is actually making incredible strides to better their corporation and make a difference.

-Plant your own vegetables and watch them grow.

-Recycle. It seems trivial, but it adds up.

-Walk around your neighborhood (or even just outside on your own street) and pick up garbage.

-Find friends and come up with $25 to fund a microfinance loan and change a woman's life in the developing world. Watch their progress as they pay it back and make a difference locally.
http://www.opportunity.org/Page.aspx?pid=193

-Ride a bike or take the bus. Turn off lights. Hang your clothes to dry. Start to care about energy and where it comes from.

-Get inspired by watching this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_6iTCo5Ci8

Take victories in the small differences we all make. Be proud of what you can do.

3 comments:

Sara S said...

Hey Dayna Friend! I couldnt agree more with you on these things. BTW I now bow down to a soulful song sista. I listened to your songs and almost cried. Lots of love!

armchair traveler never! said...

Hi Dayna! Awesome post and I so totally agree with it, just a small change I would make...

''If it's made outside of the U.S. or doesn't have a Fair Trade label, don't take the chance it was made by someone compensated unfairly''.

Chances do exist that something made also within the U.S was done so by someone compensated unfairly. It is a fact lots of American companies in the South employ Mexicans and pay them peanuts, the bare minimum wage.

Something made in Italy and Spain are a safe bet; items are made locally and salaries are quite good in both countries in the shoe-making business.

And I would add...

- Become a vegetarian or a vegan.
Meat eaters are doing a lot of harm to Mamma Earth so no point in recycling, dumpster diving etc if then they support the meat industry and all the suffering, pollution and waste it carries.

And I recommend to you the website http://www.kiva.org which is very similar to the one you wrote about.

Dayna said...

Thank you Armchair Traveler!

I loved that advice, and I love when people I don't know chime in and add their voices!