Sunday, February 28, 2010

I Want it NOW...

I just finished watching CBS Sunday Morning - I love that show. It usually features heart warming stories about life and the people who make it good. Today, they talked to Blake Mycoskie, entrepreneur and "Shoe Giver" who started Toms Shoes. He now donates a pair of shoes to people in Southern Ethiopia for every pair sold. However, these shoes aren't just for comfort, they are desperately needed by the people of this region where so many suffer from a debilitating disease called Podoconiosis which they get from constantly being in contact with the silica rich soil where they live.

I think we all have a little bit of Blake in us. Or at least I'd like to think so. But so much of the time, I think things are never "good enough", we want more of what we are so fortunate to have and choose not to think about those who have nothing because that makes life much too hard and unpleasant. Instead, we wish, we want, we expect.

So, to Blake and those who are like him, including that little piece of all of us, remember that we CAN make a difference. We can choose to take a few minutes of every day and change at least one moment of some one's life for the better.

7 comments:

Dee said...

Excellent idea----even if its only a kind word, a compliment----and smiles to strangers go a long way.

Thanks for the reminder.

kate said...

Oh, piss off.


HAHAHHAAAAHAHAHA!

No, in all seriousness, that is a GREAT story. I saw a story about him in a magazine not too long ago; very neat guy. He either inherited a BUNCH of money or earned it early in life and I LOVE that he's chosen to give back.

Thanks for the reminder, sis.

九份 said...

We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull, Some have weird names , and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.............................................

kate said...

I can't tell if that's spam or not. It's pretty profound, if it is! :)

Jodi said...

Yeah, I think it's spam but damn, it's good! At least it's in English!

jaci said...

I love that you left the spam comment on your blog. It's almost a brilliant observation.

Great blog! I love how he gives back with shoes. Wonderful. :)

Rachel said...

First, I believe in the power of kindness. It is the one thing we can be/do that takes no money or effort. Imagine how much better your day is when people smile at you and how much you change a person's day by smiling at them.

Also, CBS Sunday Morning is great. I have a whole ritual about it; Sunday paper, pot of coffee and some forbidden breakfast food like Grand's cinnamon rolls, or DQ biscuits & gravy, and me. Sigh.