Monday, January 17, 2011

Edge of Desire

I love John Mayer. There are only a few musicians who have been able to fully articulate the way I feel sometimes. There's the ever-iconic James Taylor who always has the right song for whatever is going on in my life. And then Brian McKnight. Ahhh. And then John Mayer is another.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I Wish I Understood

I wish I understood the undeniable attraction that sadly brings about silence after releasing my dreams and wishes. I thought it was obvious how much I enjoy you, but I'm trying to keep my expectations low.

I wish I understood why I was in such a hurry to grow up when I was little, because being an adult isn't all it's cracked up to be sometimes.

I wish I understood why people say "distance makes the heart grow fonder." It just makes me crazy!

I wish I understood the ability to appreciate my skin when I was in my 20's. Growing older brings more lines and the need to take care of it more.

I wish I understood why there has to be a "class level" in the world. Why can't the money be equally spread out to everyone?

I wish I understood how cell phones work and how airplanes fly.

I wish I understood why things I believed in my teens were different from that of my 2o's, and why the things I believed to be true in my 20's seem not to matter to me in my 30's.

I wish I understood why two people were supposed to meet in a place called Rancho Cucamonga.

I wish I understood the hidden meaning of some of the songs from the 50's, 60's, and 70's.

I wish I understood why most good things in life are hard.

I wish I understood what that look in your eye means.

I wish I understood why people are drawn to others' pain.

I wish I could understand and speak Pig Latin.

I wish I understood why some people are more driven by the dollar than the heart.

I wish I understood why it's raining in California and snowing in Georgia.

I wish I understood why there is still prejudices against people groups.

I wish I understood the concept of "it just takes one."

Friday, January 7, 2011

Not To Brag, But...

Working at a non-profit can be challenging sometimes as all I can do is exude my passion and belief in what we do to those in the community, ask that they consider supporting us, and then cross my fingers to hope that their hearts have been touched. Many times, however, no matter how much passion I exude or how many times I ask, there are circumstances that are out of my control, i.e the economy, people's spending habits, how sensitive their heart is at the time, etc.

Being in charge of letting others know what's happening throughout the world with our wheelchairs is a bit like being an actor/actress sometimes (without the "acting" part). The correlation of the two is that with both jobs comes a lot of "NO's," and you have to continually reaffirm yourself that what you're doing is important and to not take it personally when someone rejects "you." But after a lot of hard work, there are those periods when everything seems to align and the "YES's" come faster than you can say "THANK YOU"!!!

2010 was not my favorite year as most of you know. I had a lot of physical things that seemed to hinder my ability to produce, yet I continued to push through the pain, the struggle, and the attacks. I kicked it into high gear the later part of the year, and yesterday received my reward!

Free Wheelchair Mission's fiscal year runs from April 1st to March 31st, so all of our personal goals run within that time frame. From April 1st to today, I have helped 17,805 people get a wheelchair and get lifted up off of the ground because I've (hopefully) helped communicate the great need that over 100 million people need help and aid and YOU'VE given! So yes, I am extremely proud of myself and for those who have opened up their heart, time, and treasures to help give life back to people who are in desperate need of mobility! For $59.20 a wheelchair, YOU can personally do the same. Click here to learn more about Free Wheelchair Mission if you've never heard about it! As an organization, we've distributed over 550,000 wheelchairs to over 78 countries!

I am just shy of my goal and have three more months to make it. My goal now is to go OVER my goal! With your help and that of the Lord's, I know I can do it. I know WE can do it!! A big THANK YOU to those who have provided a wheelchair or more to those in developing countries. A simple plastic lawn chair with wheels will be the best gift most of these people will have ever received, and you can be the provider of the smile you see up above. Be the change. Be the gift. Be the blessing.