Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day and a very large community of 11,000 bloggers worldwide has been asked to mobilize against the common enemy of poverty. I am not sure in these uncertain financial times that blogging about poverty will bring about changes in anything but attitude. Yet, attitude is important if positive changes are ever to come about. Poverty is a regretable and unfortunate situation endured in various degrees by 55% of the world's population. It is not widespread in the United States, many of you would say. However, keep in mind that a surprising number of Americans are only two paychecks away from hitting the poverty line themselves. That's a shocking consideration. Poverty is a major disease, a natural disaster or an accident away for too many of us eeking out a living the best we can. What is important is to keep in mind that poverty is not a choice, but a condition that can be remedied over time with the proper application of determination, spirit and good luck. How can you fight poverty? Well, we can all start with small steps. Contribute to local food banks and donate to local agencies that battle poverty as much as you can comfortably. Give to the United Way and ask if your workplace provides matching funds for any donations you may give. Check out your local church, temple, synagogue or mosque and inquire if any congregation members need a job. A lot of able workers find themselves down temporarily due to circumstances beyond their control. Many of them are just looking for a hand up, not a handout. In terms of fighting poverty worldwide, there are many forward thinking organizations that do a lot of good work. There are several United Nations organizations that spring to mind such as the United Nations Development Programme that pumps millions of development dollars into local economies. Find a program that sets well with your own philosophical outlook and give generously. Poverty may be inescapable for some, but it need not be permanent. It's up to us to make a difference. Change your attitude first. Then make a game plan and initiate action.

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