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 Daniel from Calgary for donating a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT to Calgary Food Bank
Thank you Dan from Langley for donating a 2004 Volvo V70 Wagon to Heart and Stroke Foundation
Thank you Estate of William from Sidney for donating a 1990 Mazda Miata to BC SPCA
Thank you Michael from Edmonton for donating a 2004 Saab 9-3 to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada)
Thank you Melissa from Asquith for donating a 1994 Ford Tempo to Lighthouse Supported Living Inc.
Thank you Taylor from Ottawa for donating a 2005 Honda Civic to Ottawa Humane Society
Thank you Vince from Edmonton for donating a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder to Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation
Thank you James from Burlington for donating a 2008 Kia Sedona to Arthritis Society
Thank you Trotty from Vancouver for donating a 2005 Nissan X-Trail to Alzheimer Society of BC
Thank you Corey from Val Des Monts for donating a 2016 Volvo Xc90 to Ottawa Humane Society
Thank you Avery Jonathan from Penticton for donating a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix to Canadian Cancer Society
Thank you Nathaniel from Edmonton for donating a 2003 Suzuki Aero to Kids Cancer Care Foundation
Thank you Igor Felix from East St Paul for donating a 1991 Dodge Dakota, Clubcab to Diabetes Canada
Thank you Elvira from Penticton for donating a 2006 Acura TL to BC Children's Hospital Foundation
Thank you Jean from Coquitlam for donating a 1992 Mercury Topaz to Alzheimer Society of BC