The essay on Change (https://allevenson.wordpress.com/the-journal/4-6-change/) is about my interest in the changes I’ve observed in my lifetime in the bedrock institutions of religion and national politics. The pursuit of this topic has become an important theme of my Travels with Lightnin’
I am still collecting reactions to the simple questions that elicit gut responses. But it will be some time before my canvass rises to the level of blog-worthy essay.
Furthermore, the essay on Change prompted Kristine to post a comment about dangerous forces at work in the world. Left unsaid in her post is what she is doing about them.
This leads me to still another observation, that of another change as significant as the institutional ones–the rise of individual activism in this country in the last 50 years. This notion deserves a more down-to-earth name. More simply, there are more people who believe—as individuals–they can make a difference.
Controversy aside, the notion behind Greg Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea” is alive and well in many people in this country.
My college friend, John, was a co-defendant is a landmark gay rights case Romer vs. Evans decided by the supreme court in 1994.
Kristine, whom I have never met, only corresponded with via email, coordinates grass roots support to influence state-level legislation on social issues in her home state.
Alon Shalev, a Bay Area writer, whose daily blog, Left Coast Voices, appears on my Blogs I Like Page, (https://allevenson.wordpress.com/blogs-i-like). His genre is fiction for social change. His last book, the “Accidental Activist” is available through your indie bookstore or online.
While I admire those who endeavor to effect change as activists in movements, I admire equally, and relate to better, those who do good work one person at a time.
Dr Mike, my new pal from the RV world, introduced me to Stand Down where he volunteers. Stand Down’s mission is to assist veterans who have lost their ability to lead productive lives as a result of mental or physical wounds regardless of whether suffered in combat. In practical real-life ways, Stand Down helps these men regain their independence.
Anne Fox’ encouragement has made a difference for scores of wannabes in search of their voice as writers.
I need to add to my bucket list of topics I visit when meeting people in the act of being themselves. If I ask, I know I will find some great stories by asking, “Who is the best example you know who makes a difference?”
I’ll bet you know at least one person who, without calling attention to themselves, commits regular acts of kindness and makes a difference.