It’s been a while. No, I haven’t gone anywhere, but it hasn’t quite been the same. Since my mother passed away after Easter, no it hasn’t been the same. I’ve been meaning to catching up, but I hasn’t had the time. I’ve been meaning to pick myself up, but no there is no time. The concept of time, can be easily lost through thin air, but sometimes it really does give you a good kick on the back side to put you back in place. To push that restart button again. But what for? I asked. I think, the answer lies within ‘The Concept of Time’.
Let me explain – even though we do or do not appreciate something presented at a moment in time, we don’t truly understand the value of it until it is truly gone. We take things for granted. Perhaps, tomorrow we’ll do it. Which becomes – it can wait until the day after, and then the day after and then next week, and so on and so on. We as human have a subconsciousness to wait. That’s our nature. But once it’s gone – it’s gone. Your opportunity to do something is over. So what’s your next step? You can either step up and do something about it or stay as you are. What’s your call?
Last week, I’ve received an email from a blogger friend, Ophélie from ophelie_and_crew. She tells me about her outreach to support with”Citizen Platform for Refugee Support”. She wants to support refugees community who have been through the hardships of crossing the Mediterranean sea packed on tiny boats, heard about the slave trade. This Brussels-based organisation was funded by amazing people who couldn’t stand seeing so many migrants (most of them very young) sleeping outside in a park, exposed to weather and police raids. Six months ago, she started opening her doors to them. Most of them went through hell hoping for a better life in Europe, wanting to taste freedom, far from oppression and hardship. This experience, emotionally draining, changed her. They have seen the most evil side of humanity in Libya, and way too many deaths for their age. But they keep smiling. And hoping.
However, this year Ophélie dream to give these people the basic access to shelter, water and electricity. She has set up a Go-Fund Me page here. If you would like to send food/ sanitary products/ clothes / shoes/ phones for the many people who come by / stay at her home, please feel free to contact her directly. Also, if you would be interested in supporting a family monthly, please contact her as well. Any financial, material or administrative support is highly appreciate here. Whatever our political views are, these people are here now. Ophélie added: I cannot stand the idea of their roaming the streets for food, sleeping outside, loosing their minds and last hopes in humanity, here in Europe, the supposed land of freedom and democracy. Can you?
The great Plastic debate is everywhere! Carol from Family Makes has looked into Plastic Pollution. The Marine Conservation Society reports that around 40% of beach litter can be directly sourced to the public. We all have a part to play. It also reports that Plastic has been found in the stomachs of almost all marine species including fish, birds, whales, dolphins, seals and turtles. They also found that since the carrier bag charge came in across the UK, the Great British Beach Clean has recorded 40% fewer bags on beaches. Carol have a real interest in cleaning up our beaches. She has found so many brilliant organisations via social media, all encouraging us to do our bit. You might want to check some of them out here. Carol also has a really simple list of minor changes we can make.
People in the UK throw away the equivalent of two and a half meals each week. That’s about £60 a month for a family of four. Mrs Tubbs have some suggestions how we can tackle this problem on her post here. Her Church Food Bank is also always grateful for donations of food and non-food items and help them find their way into the hands of those who need them. If you want to know what’s in a typical food parcel, Trussell Trust has some ideas. Mrs Tubbs also highlighted that not all Food Banks are part of Trussell – so if you want to find your nearest, type food bank and your area into Google.
To sum up – I guess what I’m trying to say is – don’t waste your time dwelling about something. Yes, lost is hard. It doesn’t goes away either. But giving our time to do something to help others or something is far better than doing nothing at all. Do it now. For those that we’ve lost and loved. Do it now. For those that are still with us today. Do it now. For our children and their future children. This is your opportunity to make a difference. Yes, we all need time to grief. but time doesn’t wait for us. Do it now.
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Until next time! x