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One of my prayers growing up was, “Lord, don’t let me wait until I’m in the belly of a whale to change.” You can probably figure that I’m referring to the story of Jonah from the Bible. While we’re at it… it’s actually not one of my favorite stories since he’s ONLY known for being disobedient and not at all for the character that lead for him being called in the first place. 🙂
I used to say that prayer to myself so it would help to remind me to be proactive in caring for the important things in my life. From brushing my teeth and cleaning my room to scheduling an oil change and planning dates with a girlfriend, I didn’t want to wait too late to be responsible. I didn’t want to end up in a bad predicament before I started to do better, to show that I cared or to use my time wisely. Of course, I’ve done well at times and not so well at other times.
So too, this mentality has led me to be proactive in supporting people and causes in my adulthood. I don’t want to wait until an uncle dies of alcohol related illness, a fraternity brother’s son is born with Down’s Syndrome or a 20-something-year-old friend loses both breasts to cancer… in order to work in support of total wellness in my community. All of these circumstances are true, btw.
And I had to learn that it’s not about supporting everything. It’s about supporting something. It’s about doing my part and doing that which I’m able to do.
The Pictures: Supporting Divas, MPH and other organizations last week in a candid and informational discussion about breast cancer was all too easy and very much a pleasure. Their #PassionBehindPink campaign rocked! The speakers were energetic while informative and the vibe was open and honest, which is the type of environment needed for such a personal topic. I’m hopeful that those 40 or so women who attended shared the information with two others, who then shared it with two more and so forth. Check out their website for helpful information on this and other topics.
These pictures aren’t very artistic, but they don’t need to be; change and purposeful living is art enough.
When you get a moment, check out these organizations supporting wellness!
Today, I’m thankful for the art of change and for being supportive while there’s still time. God bless.