Wisdom is never violent: where wisdom reigns there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.
But, I'm right!
Global events demand the attention of each one of us. We have strong opinions. Such firm beliefs. Furthermore, we are right! I am right. You are right. We have reasons that are good enough for us - every one of us - that to refuse to adapt, or change, or grow.
Good enough reasons to protest. Reasons that are strong enough that we won't protest. Ideologies and understandings that demand attention. It is so very important that I be right.
For this reason, and a thousand others, we squabble with and shame and harm one another. And we each claim wisdom in the moment of heated action or argument. Equally, we argue understanding through inaction and passivity.
Is that really all there is to it?
Thomas Merton says that compassion is the acceptance of the interconnectedness of all things. So , the state of my heart is reflected in the condition of the world. This may be for peace, or for strife. It could be for goodness, or for greed. Perhaps it will be for love, but it could just as easily be for judgement.
In a wildly disrupted time (pandemic, human rights upheaval, economic disparity, and so on and on!), we have actual control over very little. Really? We have control over one thing: our Self. Who we will be. How we will be. What if your way of being has a ripple effect? What might you determine that effect to be?
For today, we here at Donate a Car Canada will continue to hold to our intention of providing exceptional donor and charity care in a wobbly world. Hands steady-at-the-scrap-car-wheel. Aiming for wisdom and compassion. And this despite our (considerable) differences of thought, belief, and certitude! We're all in this together.
For anyone who participated in the excitement of the 2003 Mercedes donated a few weeks ago, you'll be thrilled to know the end result was astounding! $27.5K was sent to Prostate Cancer Canada at the end of June to raise awareness among men of the importance of early detection.
To catch a glimpse of what went on during the auction of the Mercedes, you just have to watch this video! Please excuse the shrieking staff member in the background....that would be me. Continue reading "Over $20,000 to Prostate Cancer Canada" →
Let’s face it. Sometimes life can be so incredibly hard. One day you wake up with the world at your fingertips and then you get dealt a blow, one you think only happens to others.
That’s exactly what happened to one of our generous donors. Life was good, business was great and then boom. A scheduled trip to the doctor turned into a diagnosis of prostate cancer, and the story goes from there. Continue reading "A Man, A Mercedes and A-wareness: Prostate Cancer Canada" →
Mother's Day is just around the corner (May 11th if you weren't 100% sure).What do you do to honour yours, if you're able? It can really be a challenge. How do we make it a meaningful celebration without completely supporting the extensive commercialism that surrounds it? Continue reading "Mother’s Day" →
Would you act to right a wrong?
When Cheryl donated her SUV in March of 2012, her intention was to serve and support her area animal shelter. Thanks to her practical compassion (her vehicle raised a donation of $2100.00!) and written feedback, her donated Toyota Rav4 will inspire young people to think beyond themselves to find unique ways to contribute to their communities. Continue reading "Civics 101: Would You Act to Right a Wrong?" →
"We only get so many trips around the sun." I heard those words in a recent hit song and it stopped me in my tracks. It's so easy to get caught up in the angst of everyday life – the busyness, the stress, the responsibilities. Why do we allow all the crazy? When it's all said and done so much of it isn't very meaningful anyway. Here at DAC, we know that something as material as your ol' car can make one of those trips around the sun meaningful indeed! Continue reading "Be An Angel – Donate a Car" →
You have Our Gratitude
Thank you Estate of Marie Koehler from Toronto for donating a 2003 Toyota Echo to Bryony House (Halifax Transition House Association)
Thank you Jim from Regina for donating a 1992 Toyota Previa to Sofia House
Thank you Estate of Sandra from Kanata for donating a 2008 Pontiac Vibe Wagon to Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
Thank you Susan from Kitchener for donating a 2006 Ford 500 to Grand River Hospital Foundation
Thank you Abel from Calgary for donating a 2004 Mazda 3 to Alberta Cancer Foundation
Thank you John from Port Coquitlam for donating a 1990 Ford Thunderbird to BC SPCA
Thank you Roy from Victoria for donating a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser to BC SPCA
Thank you Wendy from Surrey for donating a 1997 Dodge Caravan to Canadian Blood Services
Thank you Sonia from Mississauga for donating a 2007 Volvo s40 to The Salvation Army
Thank you Jim from Calgary for donating a 1989 Dodge 3/4 Ton Truck to Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
Thank you Estate Of Ila P. from Calgary for donating a 1994 Jaguar Vdp(vaden Plaas) to Canadian Mental Health Association Calgary
Thank you Barbara from Nanaimo for donating a 1993 Toyota Tercel to Kidney Cancer Canada
Thank you Nicholas from Toronto for donating a 2005 Toyota Matrix to Alice House
Thank you Brooke from Abbotsford for donating a 2005 Ford Focus to SPCA West / SPCA Ouest
Thank you Estate of Karl from Calgary for donating a 2002 Toyota Echo to Hospice Calgary Society