The Power of Love in Action

Clump #105:  Confront and pare down gift list with online purchases.

I have been declumping every day, but the truth is, I’ve been avoiding my Christmas gift list.  Like an armadillo curled up and in denial.  Today has been Cyber Monday, a day for online shopping, a good time to break out of my funk.  Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.  I listened to a woman talk about Giving Tuesday this morning on the radio.  Her comments ended with a quote from The Dalai Lama: “It’s not enough to be compassionate.  You must act.”

The company, TOMS One for One, makes it easy to shop online and give to a good cause.  Its website, toms.com, describes the company’s origin: “In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet.  Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need.  One for One.”  Offering shoes expanded to glasses, and then to all sorts of cool gift items.  I liked a necklace with a whistle as a pendant, and read that it was “A replica of the symbol that sparked the Falling Whistles movement … It serves as a reminder to be a whistle blower for peace … you are helping Falling Whistles rebuild war-torn communities in Congo.”

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I looked up the Falling Whistles movement, and was appalled and, well, moved.  In the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “whistleblowers: child soldier too small to hold guns, sent to the front lines of crossfire, armed only with a small whistle.  Their sole responsibility was to make enough noise to attract and alarm the enemy, and then receive — with their bodies — the first line of gunfire. Serving as a protective barrier of sorts for their armed counterparts, these boys had to fien death — or die.  Thus was launched Falling Whistles, an organization and movement which purposes these tools for combat as necklaces.  As such they become symbols of peace, not weapons of war.”

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As so often happens, the synchronistic quote that came my way couldn’t have been more appropriate:

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