Although the official Red Nose Day has come and gone (5/21), I was so touched by many of the stories shared on the telethon that I see merit in keeping its message alive. Whether it was the family in Chicago going to the local food pantry, or the orphan on the streets (interviewed by actor/comedian Jack Black) in Africa, the sight of children hungry, sick, lost and alone breaks my heart.
Maybe it is my Grandmother Dice's voice in my head reminding me to think about others who have less than I have; or my Grandad Dice's admonition when we left their farmhouse home after our frequent visits: "if you can't be great, be good."
I think I gave up trying to be great after college. In the early 1970s, my focus was on just trying to find a place (somewhere warmer than northern Illinois) where I could plant my own roots and thrive. Unexpectedly, Tucson became that place. And, in addition to establishing my life (home, family, career) here, it's the center of the community work I continue to be "called" to do.
But I live in a broader world, too. So while I contribute as a volunteer and donor to local causes, I also am open to those that touch my heart. www.rednoseday.org does that for me right now. And maybe you will open your heart to their message, also. We need to take better care of our children, however we can. Even a hug today to a child in your life will make a difference.