Today started out with an engine overheat light in my van. The same van that is starting to rust out in several conspicuous places, like some sort of lacy slip showing and whose passenger side mirror is being held on by duct tape, the silver kind that is quite obviously the choice of wrecks everywhere. I was feeling pretty sorry for myself and put upon by this unexpected and likely large repair bill coming my way, especially when I will be heading to Milwaukee starting on June 2nd to take classes and then later in the week to shop at the Bead & Button show. I need my wheels to get me where I need to go and I don't want to be stranded in downtown Milwaukee like that one year (remember that fun Heather and Rosanne?).
While waiting to drop off my car with my trusted mechanic Dave, I spied a poster on his wall from the organization GiveMore.com. It was called the Declaration of Contribution. Apparently this is exactly the message that I needed to read at this particular moment.
DECLARATION OF CONTRIBUTION
MAKE GOOD THINGS HAPPEN
FOR OTHER PEOPLE
FOR THOSE HERE NOW AND
THOSE WHO COME AFTER US
WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH AND I FALL
SHORT I WILL REMIND MYSELF I CAN
WITH TIME, EFFORT, PATIENCE, AND RESILIENCE...ANYTHING
WHEN MY SITUATION IS NOT THE BEST I WILL
DO THE BEST WITH WHAT I HAVE
I WILL BE RESOURCEFUL AND RESPONSIBLE
I WILL GET OVER MYSELF AND
EXPECT MORE OF MYSELF
I WILL BE OBLIGATED TO THIS WORLD
AND THE PEOPLE IN IT
I WILL GIVE MORE. I WILL ENJOY MORE.
That is exactly the message that my soul needed today. A true Random Act of Wisdom.
They sell a poster of this, and I think that I am going to buy it.