A Break from the Safe Seven
I started to write about the Second of “the Safe Seven”, our Safe Sleeping campaign today, but so many events happening in our world made me pause and think in other terms. Also, another blog by a woman who advises non-profits provided much of the inspiration for this blog.
As we all start to make New Year’s Resolutions, keeping in mind the current political climate (no, I’m not going to write about politics), and the recent events here is Gaston County and across the world, we make agreements with ourselves to lose weight, or make enough money to get out of debt, or be nice to others – so, so many things – it is hard to decide what takes precedence over everything else. So I ask you to truly consider what is YOUR top priority. There’s an old saying, “Where your money goes, so goes your heart.” Well, I ask you to reconsider that and make it, “Where your time goes, so goes your heart.”
There are over 150 non-profits in Gaston County and sometimes it is difficult to determine where you want your time and your money to go. Then, with your personal lives and commitments complicating things, add in deaths, births, the world events, everything happening at once, it can be overwhelming. Here at Prevent Child Abuse Gaston we chose to address seven different areas of Child Safety into 2017. Many of these campaigns are well underway and one is almost finished. It can be overwhelming.
So what can we control ourselves – we can’t control what happens in Aleppo although we want to pay attention to it. We can’t control what Trump does or what he’s about to bring to the world stage. We can’t control what our neighbor decides to do when he brings out fireworks on New Year’s Eve. But there is a lot we can control. We can control where we are and with whom we spend our time. We can control who or what receives our money and or attention. We can control whether or not we visit a loved one in the hospital, or for whom we pray, or remembering a loved one with a gift or sending a donation in their memory.
We can continue to run this non-profit to the best of or ability, fulfilling our commitments and bringing needed information to those who need it the most. We can make a difference in the lives of children as a direct result of that education and training. And, we can hold each other up and work together, bringing our resources to the same table with an open mind and an “I Want to Help” attitude, willing to listen as much if not more than we speak.
I pray Gaston County comes together in 2017, in a way it never has before, willing to work for the betterment of all its people, no matter who they are. My New Year’s Resolution is to work to make that happen, using Prevent Child Abuse Gaston as a means to get us there. Happy New Year.
-Dottie Z. Scher