People who know me know that I am a very positive person. My life has had it's ups and downs, easier than many certainly, harder than others, perhaps, but finding joy in simple things has always helped me stay positive. There is a male cardinal eating red berries in the hedge outside my window this morning. The red of the bird and the berries is striking against the snow.
Since I have joined the Internet world, I have many other simple pleasures. I have met extraordinary people and I look forward each day to logging on and finding out what is new in their lives, what thoughts or achievements they have to share.
I have recently met an extraordinary young woman named Taylor Lynn. She has a blog called Perfectly Sensible Nonsense. In the first post that I read she describes how she feels compelled to change the world, to make a difference. Do you remember that feeling at 16 or 17? The intense desire to say, "This has to stop!" ? Teenagers have an unparalleled ability to see injustice around them. They are different from adults for two reasons. They experience the sadness and frustration of injustice for the first time while we, as adults, have been aware of it for so long and, they are unfettered by adult logic. Whereas it is easier for us to enumerate all the reasons why "nothing can be done to change the world," they believe fearlessly that they can.
With all of the social problems around her, Taylor Lynn rightly wondered where and how to start. She made a fantastic choice, helping girls and women feel beautiful without make-up, not a small task! Good for you, Taylor Lynn! You can read about it and encourage her here!
Taylor Lynn still says that she hopes to make a difference some day. I have assured her that she already has. If you have read about knit-a-square and the KasCare Foundation, you know that the smallest gesture, not can, but does make a difference! Your response to my Knit-a-Squillion challenge has been overwhelming! I can't tell you how wonderful it feels to see us all making a difference!
Today, I want to thank four more people who have added the Knit-a-Squillion button to their blogs. Please visit their blogs. They are all lovely and inspiring!
Valerie at Everyday Inspired
Isobel at Coldham Cuddlies Calling
Taylor Lynn at Perfectly Sensible Nonsense
Melinda at Inspiration Earth who also blogged about the challenge and has crocheted some beautiful squares with her daughters, one of whom is Taylor Lynn!
|THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!|
I also want to thank all the wonderful people who have joined us to knit, crochet or otherwise spread the word. You are all making a difference!
Mariette, South Wales
Carolyn, New Hampshire
Jessica, South Carolina
Candy, New York
Dayle, British Colombia
Isn't this incredible?! I think that 500 mark by June, is very do-able, don't you? There is another very, very simple way that you and your friends can help. I just received the the new KAS newsletter, KasNEWS. The KAS Facebook page has 3,016 fans they would love to reach 4,000. So please, head over there and LIKE!
Maybe these aren't simple pleasures after all, but they certainly help brighten my day! What simple pleasures do you cherish in your day?