Tuesday, January 26, 2016

My First Donation

Yesterday, I had my first friend tell me that she had made a donation to Sharp Dressed Man on my behalf.  Since the system is not set up like so  many of the other big charities, the only way that the organization will know is if I tell them, and without some help, I'll never know exactly what was donated on my behalf.

But my big goal is $100 for every mile of the race.  So, if I can get friends to donate a total of $5500 that would be great for the organization.

It felt amazing to get that first email.

And now, I have at least one person with whom to share my writing when this adventure is done.  I have maintained my commitment to a comment on each day for 49 days now.

In the same way that the race will require commitment--every step on the way to the race requires commitment as well.

I also wanted to share a picture from before the new year of my first visit to Sharp Dressed Man's facility on Park Ave.  Thanks to Cheff Cheffers for the photo with me (sporting clothes from Christopher Schafer) with Chris on my left and Set on my right.  These guys are making it happen.  My next step is to go beyond meeting these two who have done so much to get it started and to meet the new executive director.  I'll report on that once it happens hopefully in the next week.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Each has their own gifts

Today, I went to church, even though we are at a hockey tournament.  Why did I do this?  For the same reason that I run five or six days a week.  For the same reason, that I am trying to make sure more often now that I do all the yoga, and stretching, and strengthening each day.  It is a part of leading life.  Life requires some degree of constancy to form habits and establish patterns to lead myself toward the achievement of goals.  

Leading a life that is consistent with a religious practice is a god.

Running as an activity for life is a goal.

Completing Comrades is a goal.

Career success and being a good parent are goals.

Since I did go to church today, I listened very carefully to the readings.  In today's second reading in the Catholic church (1 Cor 12:4-11), Paul lists nine gifts of the Holy Spirit and the fact that each person is given some for a reason.  

Why is this important?

First, it makes clear that each of us has something.  I am blessed to have a lot.  Second, I like to think of it as what is given can be adjusted over and over throughout life.  The gifts that I am given at one point are not necessarily the gifts that I will have at all points.  I am asked to use different gifts at different points in time.  Third, it gives me reason to explore--what are the gifts I have and how can I use them?  Whether they are gifts of the Holy Spirit or just gifts that I see in my life.  

I love to be generous with my time.  (The homily today talked about how we who honor a generous God should be generous.)  I love to inspire.  I love to encourage.  I love to be present.  

All of those help me to follow my dream of a way to live.  A way to love.  A way to share.  A way to care.

And all of these are things that are captured in the pursuit of the dream of running Comrades.  (My dream, others sharing my dream, and everyone hoping that I succeed and helping me to succeed.)  And all of these are things that are embodied in Sharp Dressed Man and what it does to help men who need a reboot in life.  To have a chance to share their gifts in a way that is more positive than negative.