Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Call to Action Requires Rest

A Call to Action
Step 1: Get out of bed.
Step 2: Eat. Breakfast.
Step 3: Do something. 
It’s hard to get motivated when you’re not feeling well, whether it’s because you’re fighting a cold or you’re just feeling down on your luck.
Well, friends, today is proof that the important thing is that you just do something. I’m pretty exhausted, let me tell you. I have one week left of class until winter break and even though I have three papers to write and several documents to read, all I really wanted or felt like doing was nap. 

Did you ever read the book “The Napping House” by Don and Audrey Wood? If you haven’t, you should. It’s the place where “everybody is sleeping.” I delighted in the joy of that book. Naps are something that are genuinely healthy. I always wondered why we started our lives napping and ended our lives napping. I think I figured it out. It’s because we spend so much of the middle parts of our lives running around and doing something that we have to rest prior to that part of our lives and after. 
Despite what you think, this blog is not about taking a nap, although I do believe we should find some time in our lives for a little rest here and there. Why? Because we’re all going to do something. I choose to make rest a part of my life so that I can be active throughout it. 
Today there is a call to action beyond the daily grind of work, dealing with the kids, making dinner, running errands, or paying the bills. The call to action is to do something greater than all that. 
Be inspired to do something for someone else just because you can. Be compelled to volunteer or donate your time just because you can. This is part of getting the frump out of your rump. 
The first part of my project is getting involved with Embrace Global. It is a 501c3 organization that provides infant warmers for the developing world. You don’t have to donate money, you can donate your time. When babies face hypothermia and there is no one there to hold them, and there’s no electricity to assist in the process, they can die. 450 babies die each hour. When you hug your baby, think about hugging them too.
What’s your call to action?


  1. I love reading that book with my two year old. We always have family naps on the weekend. I like the idea of embracing life and giving back. At the moment my aim is to give more of "me" to my family, to truly be there for them, even though we are scattered across the world. I am also aiming to demonstrate as often as possible to my son that helping others is rewarding, even if you have to go out on a limb to do it.

    Thanks for bringing Embrace Global to my attention. I would never have known it existed.


  2. Cyndi, I am glad you are inspired to give in a way that you can. Giving is not always about money, it's about time, love, and even lessons learned. Thank you for reading and sharing.


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