Goodness. If you say it often enough, it doesn't sound like a real word anymore. And in a world gone all wobbly and sideways, it's easy to think that maybe "goodness" isn't even a thing. If we're looking for evidence that things have all gone to heck, well, there seems to be a growing body!
You don't need reminders of all of the ways we know that Goodness is taking a thumping, hey? Have you been hacked lately, and threatened with recrimination if you don't send money/call this number/set this straight right now? Or had your identity stolen? Maybe you've been victim to prejudice or shaming? Is the one who ought to love you best hurting you? Your body may not be cooperating and you could be feeling stuck and lonely. Friends fail us, money is tight, and the world-at-large feels like it's equal parts dumpster fire and a volcano preparing to violently erupt. So much evidence for not-Goodness.
Evidence for Goodness
What to do? Who are we to be in the face of blaming and hating and self-promotion and ice that's melting too fast? We don't want to be blind to the world's trouble. But we don't want to be consumed by it either. So, what if we just, each one of us, do our little bit? What if we just determinedly and consistently do our own little bit of Good?
Make a wholesome meal for your family. Safety and caring in our own homes matters.
Read. Expanding our perspective and thinking our own deep thoughts is grounding.
Believe. Aligning ourselves with authentic, thoughtful, experiential Goodness takes an effort of heart and mind.
Work at doing the good you do. Watch for opportunities to act justly and compassionately. This is no time for us to be lazy about this stuff.
Listen for the story beneath the story beneath the story: it's easy to dismiss and to judge when we're not listening to each other. We're all in this together -- whether we like it or not.
Just be. Take a breather from the glut of information and streaming and hope-bludgeoning media. Be with people you love; be someone people want to love. The truest, strongest, most vibrant you (you come from innocence). You are enough.
Keep it up!
Everything is (probably) going to be okay. If you do your small bit, and I do mine, odds are good that love will win the day. Let's take care of each other, care for the earth, and companion the vulnerable -- we'll make it through with Goodness intact.
Origami car and truck crafts might be one way to brighten your January. Are you looking for something with a little more stick to it? Duct tape vehicles or crafts might be your thing.
Origami car how-to
Keeping our minds and hands busy through the winter months can help pass those sluggish January and February weeks. Check out SuperColoring for some whimsical and realistic origami blueprints. They have easy to replicate paper crafts to wile away your winter doldrums.
Or, if you're looking for something a little more intricate:
Explore and create! Keep your mind curious and your hands engaged is something creative to help bring Spring on just a little more quickly.
Duct Tape car how not-to
Duct tape crafts and fixes come in all shapes and sizes. 'Looking for a good Google search rabbit hole? This colorful adhesive is your topic of the day! From period-piece wonderment (like the van up top) to car repair fails, we all like to use the stuff to fix, create, and decorate.
Wheels firmly rollin' in the real world
If an origami car and a (creative) duct tape disaster are furthest from your mind, you might have the fixing of your actual vehicle top of mind? Is your vehicle is beyond repair? Call us, or pop us a query via the home page. If you're on the move and need to downsize, we can help. Your donated vehicle can be more than a topic of conversation. It can build a memory, and your gift will aid in changing a life.
Red origami car photo credit: http://www.supercoloring.com/paper-crafts/how-to-make-an-origami-car-instructions
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You have Our Gratitude
Thank you Wayne from Calgary for donating a 2004 Honda Odyssey to Alzheimer Society of Calgary
Thank you Don from Winnipeg for donating a 2011 Ford Fusion to Accredited Supports to the Community (ASC) Association
Thank you Sarah from Linden for donating a 2007 Pontiac G5 to Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
Thank you Shawn from Canmore for donating a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander to Alberta Cancer Foundation
Thank you Andrew from Winnipeg for donating a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan to Women in Need Society of Calgary
Thank you Graham from Airdrie for donating a 2011 Dodge Durango to Ned's Wish - A Society for Retired Police Service Dogs
Thank you Tanya from Ottawa for donating a 2009 Toyota Yaris to Diabetes Canada
Thank you Murray A. from Ottawa for donating a 2008 Chevrolet Suburban to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind
Thank you Sandra from St.brides for donating a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu to SPCA Newfoundland & Labrador - St. John's Branch
Thank you Vi & Robert from Canmore for donating a 2007 Ford Edge to Heart and Stroke Foundation
Thank you Ronnie from Oshawa for donating a 2008 Ford Ranger to Christian Horizons
Thank you Margaret (Maggie) from Trenton for donating a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica to Wounded Warriors Canada
Thank you Roderick from Calgary for donating a 2003 Ford Explorer to Bear Valley Rescue
Thank you Ovidiu Gheorghe from Calgary for donating a 2009 Chevrolet Traverse Lt to Kids Cancer Care Foundation
Thank you Mark from Lacombe for donating a 1995 GMC 2500 to Children's Wish Foundation of Canada