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Friday, September 13, 2013

How the Gift of a Quarter Changed my Life [Charity]

Someone Gifting a Quarter

A friend of mine, Create with Joy does a weekly meme. This week's theme is "Share Something Good".

Seeing as she is always supportive of my weekly BlogLovin Hop, I thought that I'd participate.

Except, I couldn't.

Well, I could but what would I have to write about?

• About how I spent two hours brushing Aries?
• About the clothes that I have packed to take to House of Lazarus?
• About that cup of coffee that I made Uncle Eric this week?

While they're good deeds, they aren't exactly world shaping events.

Then I thought, I should have a shower.

Not because I'm smelly but because, truth be told, I do some of my best thinking in the shower. But then I realized that I'd already showered this week.

And then, a thought came to me.

I almost didn't remember what it was because I was so excited that,

a) I had a thought outside the shower,
b) that I remembered it and,

c) speaking of remembering...

How Do You Eat an Elephant?



If you were going to eat an elephant (which you wouldn't because they're so cute), you wouldn't or couldn't eat it all at once. Instead, you'd eat it "one bite at a time". At least that's the analogy that I use with The Kids.

Which got me to thinking that maybe doing something good doesn't have to mean "changing the world". If you add up every quarter, eventually, you'll have a dollar and then a Laurier and so on.

Speaking of quarters, it reminds me of that time that a woman gave me a quarter.

To be honest, I think about it a lot.

That one quarter has changed my life. Forever. For the better.

And that's something good.

What Events Have Shaped Your Life?

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  1. We have the How Do You Eat An Elephant written on a white board in our kitchen. My Hubby put it there for the kids as they struggled with Math homework. I do think that all the little good deeds add up. Maybe the doer gets more than the receiver. By giving feels good and makes you feel good about yourself a your life, and that is truly a priceless gift.

  2. Amazing. Agreed, changing the world is the whole of many small parts. Yours and mine, and everyone's. Thanks for sharing this! Love the weekly theme idea too, thanks for linking up.

  3. Welcome to Friendship Friday!

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I chose today's theme because I've been reflecting on losses as well. Both of your posts moved me very much.

    I look forward to building a beautiful friendship with you! :-)

  4. I think everyone one of us changes the world a little each day with our actions.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  5. Sometimes its the little things we do in life that can make the biggest impact!
    Stopping by from the "Bloglovin Hop". Now following you on Bloglovin, G+, Facebook, Twitter, and Stumbleupon.
    Have a great weekend :)
    Bismah @
    Simple Mama

  6. So true! My philosophy is that anything you do can start local, and go global. It's in your hands to change the world!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

  7. Little things like a quarter can change our life. I just had a little thing change mine too, and I love those things. :)

  8. I really enjoyed reading this, I agree.

  9. It's so true how something little can change someone's life more than you know! It's how the whole pay-it-forward thing works! :)

  10. There are so many things that have helped change my life but one major factor has been my family's church which has a small parish but everyone is really close. I have made many amazing friends and met some great people that I would never have met otherwise by participating in events with the church.

  11. This is such a true sentiment. It takes little deeds to change the world. You never know the future effect of something (for better or worse). The butterfly effect is real in so many ways. For instance, I met my fiance online. I made a flip decision to reply to his message and now are we here. :)

  12. Thank you for this. I often feel useless to be blunt. Both my husband and I are on disability, so a fixed income with not much to spare. We are, well, I am very isolated and really don't get out much, so I do what I can do and that is enter giveaways. For three years now, I win everything that I give my daughters, grandkids and other family; but I have enough left over (usually about 4 large boxes) to give to others. We support 3 charities here in Victoria, The Single Parent Center, The Victoria Immigrant Society and PEERS (an organization for sex trade workers) We manage to give all of these people so many things and everyone is so grateful. Its actually a very selfish thing that we do, because it gives us so much joy. Right now about half of our bedroom is full of things we are giving away this year! lol Thanks for this post!

    Rafflecopter Name is Anne Taylor

  13. I would love to hear more about the woman who gave you a quarter and how and why it impacted you so much! :)