Friday, January 15, 2010

Thoughts on Haiti.

I have been feeling very melancholy the last several days, and keeping to myself except for the occasional retweet that I feel inspired to do when I'm lurking on twitter and blogs. Part of the melancholy is due to the situation in Haiti, and the other part is an inner shift with me. I haven't found the words to adequately describe the inner shift, and truthfully, I don't feel like now is the proper time.

The people of Haiti need our attention, love, blessings, donations, whatever form of help we can give. And while I was on Twitter today, I saw that Kelly Diels had posted a blog challenge to help inspire as many people as possible to do something. We all know the state of the economy, we all feel it. But there is something that can be done - whether it's anonymous, whether you have a service/product to offer and will donate the proceeds, whether you donate a large amount or a small amount, whether you are saying prayers, whether you will blog about it to help shed a light, whatever it counts.

 I read a comment on a blog this morning and the person said something to the effect of - if we all put our drop in the bucket, eventually it will overflow. And that's so true. It's easy to feel like we don't have enough, but the truth is that we have a hell of a lot more than the people in Haiti right now. There are many options - do what feels right for you. You can text yele to 501 501 and $5 goes on your next phone bill, or you can text Haiti to 90999 and $10 goes to the Red Cross. You can give to Oxfam , Doctors Without Borders , Clinton Foundation or Unicef . These are just a few examples of charities, many blogs have provided more complete lists, but I wanted to put a few out there.

Just don't feel small. Because we are all one, and if we all do something, then not only do the people of Haiti benefit, but so do we individually and collectively. I'm doing my personal thing to donate, you do yours...all drops in a bucket and it overflows.


  1. "Because we are all one, and if we all do something, then not only do the people of Haiti benefit, but so do we individually and collectively." So true. We are all one, all connected...and all have something to give. Thanks for this post.

  2. Such an important message you've posted here today. It is such a horrendous tragedy that has occured, and these are the truly the moments when the world needs to act as a whole in the name of humanity to help these people in need. I have donated to a few different sites now, and while it feels so humble and small, it's still a drop in that bucket that will hopefully overflow...

  3. Such a great surprise to see your comments ladies:) I didn't even post a link on twitter, I just felt like I needed to say something. Dian thanks for always stopping in and making me feel heard. Sara I know all of our drops big and small will add up to overflowing!

  4. Well said. People aren't small if and when they open their hearts. You've done that. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Emma thanks. Feeling quiet lately, but this post sort of just happened ;)

  6. "whatever it counts." I think, particularly in the face something as huge as the Haiti situation - we often feel too small, the suffering too big - and we fold inward --

    "whatever it counts." is the BEST message - we should yell it from rooftops and whisper it to each other repeatedly - thank you!

  7. I wanted to pass on this information too. My freinds charity in partnership with Hurley, has started accepting donations for Haiti and Nike is matching dollar for dollar the contributions made on this site. Here is the email I received and how to donate.

    "help :LTD)( help HAITI"
    All Donations will be doubled dollar 4 dollar...
    If You donate $15 or more, You will get an :LTD)( t-shirt... Just get Me sex, size and color (blk or wht) of any donors that meet the $15's minimum (1 tee per $15). I'll need an email address to align with the email that You donate under and will also need a full name and shipping address (NO PO BOX's PLEASE; shipping via FedEx). The deadline for participation is Feb. 19th...
    $15 turns into $30 if You donate via this site:

    We Are Family...
    We Are One...

    Love and Respect Always...


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