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There is Enough guilt in this World…..

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

Anyone who reads this blog will know that I do this as one person, my own wee mission. I don’t do political here, I am not here to make anyone feel guilt, I don’t want to impel anyone to give to a children’s charity, I only mean to persuade. I like people to tell me about the donations they make so that we can see how kind people really are and the organisations that their hard-earned money goes to.

I would class myself as a wet liberal, please note the use of the small ‘l’. I believe that we should all work hard to keep ourselves and our families and that we pay taxes to help those who cannot do that. I believe in healthcare, education and care for the elderly and those who cannot work to pay taxes to help themselves. I also believe that charities are there to help specific causes and are an addendum to health and social care in the local and wider world. All fairly sensible stuff?

I then saw a headline on the BBC this morning for this story – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12085506. The article has the headline ‘Ministers urge giving to charity at the cash machine’.

Anyone who knows me from here or Twitter will know that I don’t do angry, I am all fluffy bunnies and lightness. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, this is what I am like as a person, at least most of the time. Secondly, I don’t want to dictate or order people about, I prefer amusement, persuasion and a lot of daftness.

However, today I am cross. Don’t get me wrong, I know why spending cuts are happening and I know the root causes of the mess. I don’t need to debate banks or spending to get out of recession, there are enough people doing this without me joining in. However, I don’t like the thought of people being asked to donate money when they are at a cashpoint. In my mind there is a certain irony that banks prompt us to donate to organisations who have lost funding due to Government cuts, or is that just me?

I do agree that there is more that could be done. Businesses and banks as well as the public will always be necessary for charities to function. That does not mean to say that it should be in your face when you are getting £20 to buy groceries for the dinner! I would like giving to be the ‘social norm’ but I think it is disingenuous to launch a policy in this way. Big society is not a replacement for the duty of care that Government has, whether you think this is implicit or explicit.

I will continue to blog about giving to children’s charities. I will continue to Give as I Earn. I will continue to sponsor friends and colleagues as they walk/run/absail for good cause. I will continue to take part myself. I will also continue to put money in collection boxes as I am out and about. I hope that you will all do the same. However, I will never try to make you feel impelled or guilty if that is not what you want to do. I am not here to coerce anyone, I will happily nag as I go but I disagree with a new ‘persuasion’ when you go to the bank or are filling in a tax return. Donating is about choice, not about guilt.

Okay, rant over:) I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

December 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm 7 comments

Quiet Time…….

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

We are now in that lull betweet Christmas and New Year. Many people will be heading back to work tomorrow, others will be at home until the New Year starts. I talked a little in my last post about the New Year and resolutions. This morning I have googled New Year resolutions and found news that wasn’t surprising to me. People make the same resolutions year after year…….

I have compiled a list from my research and you will not be surprised by the results! Let me know what you think:) The top ten resolutions appear to be:-

  1. Spend more time with friends and family
  2. Get fit
  3. Lose weight (no doubt linked to number 2!)
  4. Quit smoking
  5. Enjoy life more
  6. Control/stop drinking
  7. Pay off debts
  8. Learn something new
  9. Help others
  10. Get organised

Nothing too startling then on the list. I am heartened by numbers 5 and 9 as resolutions shouldn’t all be about self-punishment for your perceived weaknesses. We all have weaknesses and we all work to rectify them. Don’t think that everything can be solved just because the clock strikes midnight on one day. We all know about the gym memberships that have been taken up in the New Year ‘sales’ and you need to pay for 12 months even though you only use it for 2.

All of the resolutions above are well meant and I am sure well made as we use this quiet time to compile our list. However, I would like to make a few suggestions for the list:-

  1. Smile more. Even when you don’t want to, face the world with a smile on your face. It can be very hard to do this but you will benefit. Smiling at the world works, when you face people smiling they will reciprocate and you will find that your mood lifts at the same time. This may seem over-simplistic but why not try it and see?
  2. Make your resolutions small and specific. ‘Help people’ is a very broad ambition and can seem too large to effectively achieve. Why not decide to visit an elderly neighbour twice a week, perhaps invite them over for tea if they don’t have family to watch out for them? Alternatively, volunteer for one small organisation trying to good in your area. It is hard for one person to change the world but it is easy for one person to do one good thing.
  3. Don’t beat yourself up when it all goes pear-shaped! The thing about improvement is that it is hard to break habits that you have had for a long time. You will stumble on any road you choose for yourself but it is only a stumble. One or two lapses don’t make you a failure, they make you normal. You can always get back up and try again……

I will make my own resolutions, they will be small and personal to me. I want to achieve them and will work hard to do so. Number one on my list is to blog more, I will keep up my nagging so that perhaps you will donate to a children’s charity.  Please keep your fingers crossed for me and I will do the same for you:) You never know, we might succeed!

Just remember to take it one step at a time…….

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

December 28, 2010 at 11:58 am 3 comments

Brrrrrr……..

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

This is one of the busiest times of the year for many of us. Have you finished your shopping, made your Christmas cake and Christmas pudding? Have you started boiling the brussel sprouts? For the latter, why not? You know the house requires the aroma of brussel sprouts to permeate the entire house for the two weeks before Christmas… or is that just me?

Seriously, I hope that you have a feeling of some control over all that needs to be done, especially over those things yet to be done. I make a list. I know how that may sound to you, either control-freakery or a daft attempt to make sure that I don’t have that last minute panic. It is of course a smidgeon of both but there is always that small nag in the back of my mind, what have I forgotten to put on the list? Tell me you don’t have that feeling too. If you don’t then you are more organised than I will ever be and I am pleased for you and slightly jealous too….

I am trying to be fully prepared this year, I have even remembered the cranberry sauce; the traditional Lesley panic item! I am looking forward to a houseful of people, too much food, loads of wine and laughter and the inevitable detritus from the crackers. I don’t buy expensive crackers, you get the most fun from the really bad jokes and plastic bottle-openers that the ‘mid-range’ cracker will provide. Every holiday season needs a does of naff and I find crackers are the best way to tick that one off my list.

This year we seem to be heading for a very white Christmas. I feel for all of you who are travelling now or in the next week. Airports are full of tired people at the minute trying to get to their loved ones or seeking some winter sun. I have my fingers crossed that you will get where you want to go, I’m not sure that my wishful thinking will help but I will keep it up on your behalf.

The cold makes me think of other people as well, the young and the elderly. This is not pleasant for many. I checked the Age UK website to see what advice they have for us at the moment. I hope you will take the time to check this out at http://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/spread-the-warmth/ and do sign their petition to get the Govt to introduce an emergency winter plan to help the vulnerable, it will  only take a few moments of your time. Please also remember to check on those who are near and dear to you and check they are warm and well.

Children tend to love this kind of weather. Schools close, snowmen decorate many gardens, snowballs are thrown and sliding is a must. I will admit now that I hate snow, loathe it in fact. Some of you will know I have many brothers as well as a couple of sisters. Having so many males in one household cemented two of my personal characteristics very early on, my love of sport and my loathing of snow. The snow loathing developed early on; my earliest memories of snow come from handfuls of it shoved down the back of my neck and one or other of the brothers running away laughing. So, I hope you and your children love the snow. You may gambol and frolic in it all you like; I will stay inside and think it pretty to look at but nasty to be in. You may think me a bit ‘bah humbug’ now but that is okay, I will laugh and smile at many other things….

For now I will hope that I can make it through this weather to do the few things I need before my festive season starts. The latest forecast is that a blizzard is coming my way, BAH HUMBUG!!!

Courtesy of Wikipedia

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

December 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm 6 comments


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