It’s Community Day here at Taking it to the Streets
My friend Bill is a very prolific, talented gardener. Each year his garden gets better and better (and one cool aside – he gardens in the Community Gardens provided by his town as he lives in a condo). He’s also a very shy guy – probably the shyest person I know. So he grows LOTS of really good veggies and has himself and me to give them too.
I try to do my part, but I can only do so much!
So my job is to find friends of mine to whom to give his great veggies.
My friend Trish is an amazing handywoman – a true Ms. Fix-it. From installing microwaves to fixing faucets – even to trimming the wings on our friend Annemarie’s parrot, she can make things better. And she does – spreading her talents far and wide.
Each of us has things that are easy for us – whether it’s veggies, fix-it skills, or (if you’re me) words – there are things we have lots of that we can help others with.
I work in a building that has two banks in it and they have a little TV-like screen that shows financial news near the elevators. I wish they had a broader purview, but I guess bankers think that IS the news so it’s what works for them. Anyway, there was a news story today about how cost-cutting retailers are doing better because “frugality is still very popular.” Um, yes, by necessity since the bankers and rich robbed us, yes, it is.
But a positive outcome about the “fad” of frugality – a part that I hope becomes a heartfelt trend not a means to survival – is that we all get to share more. As Karl Marx said “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”
I like sharing and I’ve noticed that it must be a human trait. If you’ve spent much time with toddlers you’ve probably encountered their sometimes forceful desire to share what they are eating with you. A trait I find particularly alarming, though I so admire the intent.
So now in the beginning of the prolific garden season I wonder if you are sharing from your garden, or getting goodies from your neighbors, co-workders, family or friends.
And I wonder what you are sharing – or could share.
And hey – if you’re a reader, like me, here’s something you can share – books to women in prison. Check out the Chicago Books to Women in Prison site and maybe plan a two-fer deal for a rainy weekend this summer – get rid of stuff AND get good karma by helping out women in prison who wish to better themselves.
Sharing. It’s more than a post-crash fad.