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I have a challenge for you (Dr. Paul would approve!)

As many of you have read PollMan's post about music being played for the elderly at the nursing home, I'd have to say that watching that short video really moved me. And it inspired me. And it really made me think about how many people could use a little joy.

I wanted to create an open thread, a challenge of sorts, to motivate more people to do something good for someone. Now, I realize that most of you do this on a daily basis without thinking twice about it, but could you pull off another good deed? I know I sure can!

Dr. Paul has spent his career doing so many good things for people and I believe that it is something we can all do as well. Would you be willing to pledge a little time to help someone in need?

I have decided to restore old phonographs and donate them to local nursing homes. I was able to finish 2 yesterday and will try to get one more done today so that I'll be able to deliver them this week. I'm calling it "Operation Restore Joy". I can't think of a better feeling than doing a good deed and I've really been having fun with it. Keep in mind that I'm a 30 year old woman, who's short on cash and time (Very short on cash and time!). I'm hoping this will blossom and I will be able to continue it!

Is there something that you can do? Would you like to make a pledge?

Some ideas I have are:
If you have a neighbor that's struggling, could you give their kid that old bike that's sitting in your garage collecting dust?

Could you visit the elderly in the nursing home? If you are a musician, could you perform for them?

Could you give $5 to a homeless person?

If you saw someone that was short on cash at the grocery store, would you buy them a bag of groceries?

Do you have an elderly neighbor that needs their lawn mowed?

Now, I realize that everyone is very busy and it's hard to make enough time for ourselves let alone anyone else. But I thought it would be a fun challenge to see just how much good we can do in these trying times! I mean, what's wrong with a happy post every once in a while?! Can you bring a little joy to someone today?

So, who's with me?

I understand if you cannot help at this time, but if you can, I'd love to hear your story! Paul supporters are damn good folks, no matter how the media portrays us!

Bring on the JOY!!!

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I'm in!

Store Help

I always run into, mostly younger people, at the check out counter adding up the total as it gets closer and deciding to put things back at the end so they will have enough money to get what they really need. As long as it someone buying items such as food, hygeine products or even smaller toys for the younger kids, i will always make an attempt to help them pay for it. I was behind one young lady almost in tears because she was short on cash by 15 dollars. I was not sure what she had, but very easy to tell she was a young mother and needed it. I went ahead and slipped her a twenty and she finally took it after a few hesitant no's. She wanted my address so she could pay me back. Suprising, she actually sent me a check for $20, but it was never cashed.

There are alot of people struggling these days. I am fortunate to have a decent paying job, but that does not make me better than anyone else. As for pandhandlers though, although I don't give them cash, I will ask if they are hungry when sign says "Will work for food". I would never turn my back from helping someone, because you never know when you are going to need it. Rather its some kind of physical help or monies.

Thank you for your generosity!

I'm sure that your kind gestures have helped more than you will ever know. And you are so correct, it could be any one of us needing a helping hand someday.

struggles

We all have them in different ways. That is one of the greastest things about Ron Paul preaching that is within a community to help eachother out, not the government. I think it comes more appreciative when you know that you neighbors are willing lend a hand. It does even have to be within a finacial aspect of things, although I admit that money is one the biggest struggles of most households today. Simple gestures of mowing your neighbors lawn or just helping someone load something in their truck when you drive by. Positive influences and showing a good heart make a world of difference. Almost in the lines of a pay it foward program. Being Polite can be an infectious solution. When you extend a hand to one person, more often than not they would turn around to help someone else in need.

struggles

We all have them in different ways. That is one of the greastest things about Ron Paul preaching that is within a community to help eachother out, not the government. I think it comes more appreciative when you know that you neighbors are willing lend a hand. It does even have to be within a finacial aspect of things, although I admit that money is one the biggest struggles of most households today. Simple gestures of mowing your neighbors lawn or just helping someone load something in their truck when you drive by. Positive influences and showing a good heart make a world of difference. Almost in the lines of a pay it foward program. Being Polite can be an infectious solution. When you extend a hand to one person, more often than not they would turn around to help someone else in need.

NEO CONS WILL BOO !!

If the Good Dr gets booed by the evangelical conservatives in GA's debate for suggesting we follow the golden rule on foreign policy can you imagine how they would treat him if he endorsed such radical un-american un-christian ideas. Sure;y we should follow the example Christ taught "Hate thy neighbour, Drop bombs on thy enemiy".

Liberty is life giving and life changing. I accept your challenge.

Blessed are the peacemakers

Dr. Paul would not only approve, he'd be proud!

So many good people understand the message that limited government means people helping other people in need. Glory, you are that message.

I am Nonna and I approve this message.

Bump.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Thank you Nonna

You are so right, people helping people is always the best way. I guess it hit me like a ton of bricks, the fact that so many good folks are just swept under the rug and forgotten. No one should feel that way...no one. We're all in this together. Although I have no relatives in the nursing homes, I'll bet I have a bunch of good friends that I just haven't had the chance to meet yet!

just haven't had the chance to meet yet!

Thanks for the understanding words glory

Where I live there ( a Senior Community, NOT a nursing home as some YOUTH seem to think they are one and the same)
are dozens of Seniors who now live alone just waiting to die
All their friends are gone

they know no one to call or visit and some cant even afford gas to visit anyway or even drive anymore

When a wife dies most men go fishing, bowling, or to the pub
so they keep some superficial contacts with the world out side of the four walls
but the women have no support networks after their man dies as he was the center of their lives

They rarely go out and just waste away and MANY have fine minds and skills we all need to keep alive for the rough times we now face
Many have retreated into a deep Spiritual space because of being alone and forgotten

some are VICTIMS of their kids and grand kids who are sucking the SS money and any salable items from the home

A friend who visits and takes one out to a lake or library would mean the world to many of them

even someone to go to their funeral would be a kindness.

yes its that way for thouands how never say a word and where would they speak out anyway?

just become invisible and turn to dust.

I had no clue till I moved here
huge eyes opener.

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Thanks for your insight Sophia

Thank you for helping to open our eyes to the reality that many elders face. It's so sad and I've even seen it myself (grandkids or kids waiting for one to pass so they may inherit money or valuables). But what these kids don't realize is that it's the person that's the most valuable, and that they can give you something that will last a lifetime. These kids expect something for nothing, blow whatever money was given to them, and wonder why they end up in the same place that they started. I pray that kids will be more eager to receive knowledge and wisdom from their elders than a mere possession. I've learned so much from my elders, but always wish there would have been time to ask one more question or ask for one more bit of advice. This feeling is not new to me, starting at the age of 8 or 9 (it's been 20+ years so I don't remember...time flies!) I would go to the nursing home in our small town and just sit and visit for hours with the residents. I knew them all by name and enjoyed "pestering" them for a few hours each week. I didn't have any family there, but I knew a lot of the folk's families. At that time my grandparents were alive and well and I was able to spend a lot of time with them as well, but the residents at the rest home were like my "adopted" grandparents. I haven't visited a rest home since I was little. I'm not sure what happened, why I stopped going, but I know how to change it! ;)

You'd be amazed how many people in nursing homes

will consider you to be their good friend, simply because you are visiting there. It breaks my heart and makes me do a little something extra for them, too. A small and inexpensive gift seems like the greatest gift in the world to a forgotten soul, especially during holidays when their own families don't have the time to bother to include them in the holiday celebration in any way, shape or form.

Let us know how your project is received by the residents and how you felt after doing it.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Thank you Nonna

I will definitely keep you updated on the progress, I've been sorting out good records (of course I have to listen to every one so they are "Glory Approved":). Hopefully I've come up with a collection that will spark some good memories from days gone by.

A small and inexpensive gift

I grow magnificent flowers and more lettuces I can ever use

Often I give away a bag to a stranger and they are overwhelmed
someone actually wants to give them something for NOTHING

I save those little coffee bags that are foil lined
If I am going to the library or bank or store I put in a few flowers in wet paper towel
ALWAYS find someone to give it to, like Universe had someone who needed a simple cheer right into my path and those little bells go off and I hear HERE is the one you picked the flowers for

the LIGHT in peoples eyes makes me want to cry
A man who passed some years ago

Born for Love: Reflections on Loving

by Leo F Buscaglia, Ph.D.

he was famous for his line
" Look lonely person, take my lonely hand"

One of my earlier teachers and I will forever remember him
and his unbridled love for humanity.

small gestures keep a heart full of love.

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reedr3v's picture

Thanks for a lovely post. Since we are all strapped

for time in this campaign season, why not think of creative was to increase joy at the same time we spread the Liberty/Peace message?

I wouldn't have to be blatant, just wearing a Ron Paul peace pin while reading heartwarming short stories to seniors, a Meetup adopting a neighborhood to clean up, starting a community garden or exchange, volunteering at the library, etc.

Excellent ideas!

Thank you for the excellent ideas! I'm all for the ways that we can incorporate the good Dr's message of Peace & Liberty into our good deeds! With all the doom & gloom that's been going on, it's always nice to help others (especially if rocking out a Ron Paul t-shirt, hat, or lapel pin :)