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 Rick from Summerland for donating a 2000 Ford Focus to BC Children's Hospital Foundation
Thank you Phillip from Waverley for donating a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan to Diabetes Canada
Thank you Duane from Edmonton for donating a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander to Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation
Thank you Amy from Vancouver for donating a 2002 Ford Taurus to Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC
Thank you Kathryn from Belleville for donating a 1997 Ford Escort Wagon to The War Amps
Thank you Kevin from Chilliwack for donating a 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan to Canadian Cancer Society
Thank you Brenda from Red Deer for donating a 2003 Ford Focus to Red Deer Hospice Society
Thank you Paul from Chilliwack for donating a 2000 Ford Ranger to Diabetes Canada
Thank you Grace from Mission for donating a 1991 Nissan pickup to Canadian Cancer Society
Thank you Kelly from Winnipeg for donating a 2002 Honda Accord EX to Siloam Mission
Thank you Victor from Blenheim for donating a 2003 Pontiac Aztec to First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada
Thank you Alec from Calgary for donating a 2008 Honda Oddessy to Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary
Thank you Ronald Andrew from Calgary for donating a 2009 Pontiac Montana to Canadian Cancer Society
Thank you Deborah from Kanata for donating a 2004 Pontiac Sunfire to Canadian Cancer Society
Thank you Amarjit from Edmonton for donating a 2010 Jeep Patriot to Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society