I had some dreams ... they were klowns in my koffee.

(With apologies to Carly Simon)

This is my journey through job transition from a toxic environment to a better life. Join me for a few thoughts and a few laughs along the way.
What are "klowns in my koffee"? They are the factors large and small that make you less than you are. A "klown" can be a grossly incompetent boss,
a short-sighted policy or a moronic coworker. They won't kill you, at least not immediately, but they abrade the soul
as you scrape past them to get through the day. Sometimes it's best to dump them out of the cup.


Day 296 - Giving Back

Daily Kup (My Life in the Community)
With no school and a day off from work for Mr. T, we wanted to do something special and meaningful. With the recent translation of Martin Luther King Jr's birthday into a day of national service, we found many opportunities. Unfortunately, most did not suit the abilities of an 8-year-old and an almost 6-year-old.

Then we found Pastor Wes at Spirit of Christ Church in St. Louis Park. We spent half the morning scooping powdered laundry detergent into one load containers, making sandwiches, and assembling kits of basic hygiene products for adults and children in shelters.

Let me tell you, it felt great. In chatting with the other volunteers, we were surprised to find out that most of them were not parishioners of the small church but people like us who had searched the Internet.

Just for a moment, it seemed like maybe, just maybe, some of the world's problems could be addressed by groups of friends and strangers working together in church basements, schools, parks, and wherever people set aside an hour or two to take that step.

Want to spend an hour or two and accomplish something great? Your mom would be proud.


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead


Anonymous said...

What a great example of service to others you as a family are teaching the children. Bravo !!

Burning Khrome said...

Thanks for the kind comments. I was afraid this post would come off a bit 'preachy' but proceeded because active community service was something that I always supported intellectually in my 'old life' but usually by writing a check instead of becoming engaged. I'm glad to have been given a second chance -- if unintended -- to do a better job this time through.

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