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Feed your discontent

November 17th, 2010

Not an original line but one I love and consciously try and integrate into my life. The idea is to figure out what is it in this world that disturbs you…that bothers you with its injustice….something that you wish you could address or change somehow. Maybe it’s poverty and homelessness close to home….maybe it’s an environmental issue….child labour….lack of water or education or basic health and medicine….Whatever it is, one tendency is to hide from it because we don’t feel like we can really do anything about it. It’s easy to look away and let all the other competing voices and priorities in our world pull us away.

Another option is to ‘feed’ that discontent….consciously do things that keep that issue in your mind. Read about the issue…watch documentaries….connect with individuals and groups that are trying to make a difference…volunteer in some capacity….intentionally dream about the possibilities….start saving some holiday time and some money and get exposed to the issue in a tangible way…or give to a project that you know about.

But don’t starve your discontent till it slowly dies ….. feed it so you are compelled to act!

A One Corner sighting

November 11th, 2010

Well that was a longer hiatus than I was expecting. Got tangled up in the process of getting our federal non-profit status. Have to reapply but have been learning a lot about what we need to do and looking for some counsel to increase our chances when we try again.

In the meantime, have been writing to the community development director of a tiny municipality in Aguascalientes regarding a housing project that they were running. It looks like it’s nearly finished but they have some new projects next year that I will be finding out more about.

As well, have been connecting with two other non-profits in Mexico: Kalli-Timochiasque and PVO. The first focuses on medical and health issues in small indigenous communities in Puebla, while PVO has refocused their organization to working specifically with children. They are currently builidng library/literacy centres also in small rural communities. We are looking into some partnership possibilities with either or both of them.

My goal is to go on a quick exploratory trip in the beginning of 2011 and set up a project for the summer. I will be updating more regularly again!