Do Something

Today is Peace Day! Take a moment to celebrate.

When I wrote about Making A Difference I asked a simple question – What will you do? The response was so positive and I am humbled that I have inspired people to think about this question. The answers were varied and I have to say that the people reading my blog are amazing. Here are some examples of what people are doing:

Jyl said “After reading a book and visiting the Holocaust Museum in DC, my goal is to volunteer in some way in the effort to prevent genocide.”

Yolanda said “I want to volunteer with Project Row Homes - it's a non-profit here that has built energy efficient, sustainable homes for single African American mothers and their families.”

Angie said “I do a lot of volunteer work already....but I've always wanted to be a NICU volunteer....your post has inspired me to be a better mommy and concentrate on doing the best I can with my little circus band. :)”

Other people mentioned registering voters, volunteering at soup Kitchens and teaching computer courses at a public library. I can’t list everyone but I do want to say YOU ARE ALL AWESOME!!!!!

And given that my readers are such a caring group I wanted to let you know about a holiday that recently came to my attention. International Peace Day – September 21st. This is a holiday from war, a day to celebrate life and make a difference. In 2001 the United Nations voted unanimously for Peace Day. This movement was started by one man, Jeremy Gilley. Proof positive that one person can make a difference. Here is a video that explains the day. Please watch it, this is powerful.

I'd like you to think about what you can do for Peace Day. I am spreading the word with my blog. This will be a sticky post until Peace Day. What will you do? When you decide visit and write it down. There is power in numbers and this is something I think we can all believe in. A day of respite from war for our soldiers overseas and all countries at war is a beautiful thing. I don’t know if there will be an actual cease fire but I do have hope. And we can all do our small part to make a difference.

Peace Day
September 21, 2008



dreamwalker said…
I know this might be a small thing but I will donate the money I make on a post or two in PPP to charity. (You can choose -HFH, ARC, etc.) I do this every once in a while but I will make it a point to do it again on this day.
Dawn said…
Great idea! You really do inspire people!
Holly said…
This is an amazing effort! I love it, I need to read more about it since I've (very sadly) never heard of it and you've changed that. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!
Dori said…
Thank you for posting this. I will pass the word along and also think of what I can do too. :)
Dear Renee,
What an agent for positive change you are through your blog! Thank you for making me aware of Peace Day. I will start thinking of what I can do on that day to emphasize my world concerns.
And btw, what is a sticky post?
Anonymous said…
God made Men, Men made Boundaries.
:( sad.
Let there be peace everywhere.
Amen !
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Dori said…
I put a link to your post on my blog today. I hope you don't mind. I wanted to pass on this inspirational post of yours. :-)
Petula said…
That was a powerful video. I am going to think about what I can do on Peace Day. Thanks.
fly tie said…
great post. i think when it comes down to it, people doing something (positive) is what's gonna have the greatest impact.
come and see me - I have something for you
Christy said…
That's an awesome idea! I don't know what I would like to do for peace day, but I will certainly figure something out. Thanks for the inspiration!
MomMega said…
I want to put some thought into this one, so I may come back and comment again to let you know. In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that you are AMAZING and SOOOO inspirational. I always learn something new from you.
anymommy said…
Inspirational. You got me to pick up the phone today! I've been meaning to call and volunteer for a program that matches parents in our area with teen mothers as mentors. Gulp. Hope I qualify as a mentor?! Thanks for inspiring me to actually DO it!
love the video and love the Peace Day idea! I might even blog about it to let my readers know about it. Thanks for sharing this!
What a great post. I have been recycling since the 80s and I finally had the nerve to tell my best friend to get off her butt and do her part. We can all make a contribution!
First... thanks so much for the kind mention. How nice of you!

And... I LOVE this video. I may have to post it up on my site as well. Do you mind? It got me thinking about what I could do to celebrate that day with my boys--take them to volunteer, help them understand the need for peace, etc.

Thanks for your beautiful site. I always love visiting.
Lisa C said…
You've inspired me!! Thanks :)
Carrie said…
I will take the time to listen to those around me and those who I meet at the store, library. I will give them the respect that they deserve instead of being too busy. That is what I will do.
This is great. Thanks for sharing!
Anonymous said…
thank you so much for this. Your 9/11 story is incredible.

I will be posting this video on September 21st if you don't mind.

thanks again,

Tara said…
I gave you an award today :)
Mandy said…
I have a surprise for you! Come get it!
Kori said…
Great post. Lovely.

Thanks so much for the compliments and for visiting.
KATE said…
I have seen you on some of my favorite blogs, so I had to come and check you out! I'm so glad I did!

What a great post! What a great way to inspire people to do more! My volunteer work is ALOT more low scale. I'm not much. I just try to do more in my neighborhood. Like take dinner to the single working Mom and cookies to the family that just moved in. I know it's lame and I am truly humbled by how amazing all your readers are! I'm going to try to step in up a notch!

Great Post! (oh and I love your diaper cakes! la la la love them!!)
Mrs. S said…
Something I've thought of doing is to make small scrapbooks for mothers, parents, families who have lost little ones prematurely so they can remember that their baby was real and just to capture that fleeting moment of life.

thanks for stopping by my blog. your cakes are super cute! might have to come back when my friend has a baby.
Luxe Tips said…
What an inspiration! I love volunteering. In fact, I have been volunteering since I was 18 years old. Helping people is just good Kharma. It is good for the receiver and the giver.
Casey's trio said…
I think it is great that you are blogging about this...I hadn't heard about Peace Day.
It's wonderful to see you motivating people like this. I try to make a difference in small ways, volunteering with a local nonprofit, speaking out against injustice in my writing.
Kwana said…
Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I wasn't aware but now I am. I do volunteer at my church with the teens on issues of sex, gang violence, conflict etc. with other moms. Anything we think that can help. But I'm sure there is so much more I an do.
PsychMamma said…
I love this post. You are my inspiration! One thing that I'm going to do is post this video at my site (and link to you for the great idea).

YOU are making a difference!
Jennifer Robin said…
Nice idea, but you might want to think about making it optional to listen to. EC droppers in particular frown on auto start music, and you may find them avoiding your blog.
Rhonda said…
I would love to volunteer at our local Suicide Prevention / Awareness Clinic at some point. I lost my sister-in-law to suicide and WILL do this once our finances and family situation allow. I absolutely believe in doing something you are passionate about!

Also, I wanted to put out there that unfortunately on the 20th I have a wedding to photograph and when I'm not at my computer on the 21st I will be doing three more photo shoots.

I am stopping, though, at 1:00 my time to walk 5K in honour/memory of a beautiful woman who died 24 hours after delivering her baby, without ever meeting the wee one. The daddy is raising that sweet little girl on his own and is doing fabulously.

This walk is to get Liz around the world in a 24 hour period. I think it is incredibly touching, and while I have never met her, I do have three precious children that I was fortunate enough to be able to raise. Taking an hour out of my time, and spending that time thinking about this unfortunate situation is the least I can do.

I hope you will all consider it also. I can give you the link if you are interested in looking into it.

Oh, and thanks for stopping by my blog. The unwritten rule in my house is usually an over-turned cup on the floor. Almost guaranteed there is a spider carcass or a living one underneath it! lol
What a nice post...made me realize I'm not doing enough right now. Life sometimes just gets so hectic but that is just no excuse!
I've never identified with just one cause but one thing I do is try to say something nice to someone every day. Today I was locked in my house working all day so the only person that I could say something nice to was a telemarketer! Now that took some gumption.
Regardless, great post, made me think...and congrats on the Disney trip! How exciting for you to be included on that when your blog is still new! I live for the day something like that happens to me!!
Cindy said…
I'm going to stop sticking my head out the window and screaming obscenities to other drivers just because they do something stupid...only for that one day though. ;)
Juliana RW said…
I have something for you in here.
Paula said…
Keep on making the world a better place Renee! That's awesome. Personally I drive for Meals on Wheels which I recommend to anyone who's ever wanted to volunteer but doesn't know what to do. It's a fun way to spend a couple of hours, visiting with older people who are generally so warm and happy to see you. Makes you feel the world is still a good place. I take my daughter with me so she can understand the importance of helping out in one's community.
Thanks for reminding us all to do something for peace day!
Anonymous said…
Thank you so much for telling me about this....
Jazzy said…
Thank you for posting this...sometimes people can't comprehend that every little bit counts...literally.
hot garlic said…
Hey Renee, you have such a great and inspiring blog! And I think you are SO right, I think your advice is sage and was the best advice I have recieved so far. I think that is how you be true to yourself.

It is so hard, because I feel like I've changed and grown so much as a blogger, I sometimes wonder if the people who have been with me from the start still relate to me. I just worry about them the most, because they are so important to me. But you're right, I just need to do it for me and blog like no one is reading.

I love seeing the pictures of you and your sweet baby, I just wanna pinch those cheeks!
Jennifer said…
Hmmmm. I LOVE the idea of peace day! I will definitely be intentionally peaceful at home all day and then I'll need to think about something else. I sure hope that there will be some sort of cease fire or acknowledgement in a huge way.

My son asked me to write "be prepared to learn". He learned this in school and wanted me to share :-)
Jennifer said…
Hmmmm. I LOVE the idea of peace day! I will definitely be intentionally peaceful at home all day and then I'll need to think about something else. I sure hope that there will be some sort of cease fire or acknowledgement in a huge way.

My son asked me to write "be prepared to learn". He learned this in school and wanted me to share :-)
Melissa said…
From your lips to God's ears. That's what this world needs...a little peace..then again, I'm sure A LOT of peace would suffice, too!

Thanks for stopping by!
paula said…
Thank you for stopping by my blog please come by anytime,at best I am semi articulate, most of the time I talk about daily life with my children and husband which seems is always a 2-3 ring circus, your cakes are incredible and your causes truly inspiring
I am going to end the Jen wars starting today!!!

But in all seriousness, I'll try better to keep the peace with MIL.
CECIL said…
Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog, your post is truly inspiring!!

I never knew there is such thing ' diaper cake! They are gorgeous.

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