I LIKE THAT three like-minded friends joined Frank and me for the first Clean Living initiative.
Nancy Colberg, Hilda Chudy, Ray Chudy and I gathered on the steps of The Madison Apartments and held plastic garbage bags donated by Campbell River Council member Andrew Adams. We grabbed a trash picker each donated by Graham Stewart of the City Works Department and began our trek along Dogwood Street on the 300 block picking up as much trash as we could in a one-hour time frame. Frank filmed the event and I've edited the video down to 3:33 minutes. We hope you enjoy viewing our excursion as much as we enjoyed the challenge of cleaning up the streets of Campbell River one block at a time. The next one-hour Clean Living event will take place on Thursday, May 26 from 4 to 5 p.m. We would be happy to have you join us.
Friday, April 22, 2011
I innocently handed out a flyer to a few of the group members at a meeting that is supported by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Respectfully, I cannot mention the organization’s name because the one decree that I do know about the group is the, “What is said there, stays there” rule.
The group coordinator and his assistant punished me verbally for expressing religious ideas through the language on the flyer. In the title, I had included the phrase ‘A Baha’i Initiative’, and also a tag line, ‘Cleanliness is highly spiritualizing.’ Two weeks earlier, I had forwarded the flyer to the coordinator and asked specifically for the exact procedure to follow in order to submit my request as a meeting agenda item. No one in the group thought it practical to contact me directly to express their concern about the wording.
What I didn’t know hurt me. At the meeting, in front of my peers and my boss, the coordinator and his assistant barked out reprimands and chastised me for presenting such a strange request. I wasn’t offered the opportunity to explain my plan to clean up the city one block at a time by gathering volunteers to help with the project. Instead, I found myself apologizing to the group for having offended them and expressed my ignorance of any rule that does not allow the language I used in the flyer.
That night, I fell asleep dreaming about barking dogs.
|Clean Living Initiative|
|How some people explain themselves.|
Saturday, April 16, 2011
I LIKE THAT Frank, my husband, and I travelled to Israel for pilgrimage to the Baha’i World Centre. Part of our excursion included exploring Akka, a once penal colony surrounded by high city walls, located approximately 28 kilometers north of Haifa.
Our group of five pilgrims, led by our guide Julie, was searching for the barracks where Baha’u’llah was held prisoner for twenty-four years. We zigzagged through narrow, cobblestone streets, past the scent of men smoking tobacco from a hookah, the sound of young children skipping away from us, and the flat thud rhythm of a few women beating thick rugs with what looked like tennis rackets.
We followed Julie’s sweeping arm over the threshold into the prison. Excavation was taking place which revealed layers of history as far back, so far, as the Christian Crusaders. We walked a narrow path to the deep dungeon where the Master was held. We stood, staring, wordless, into His Most Great Prison. I felt the energy of Baha’u’llah in Akka. Our search had satisfied all of us in so many ways.
|Exploring Akka, Israel|
|Akka is north of Haifa|
Saturday, April 9, 2011
I LIKE THAT the Universal House of Justice promotes home visits. The Universal House of Justice today guides the activities of the global Bahá'í community. A home visit is a practical way to gather with friends, family and even someone you just met. Visiting a person in his or her home is so well known to some that it seems odd to them that they'd have to call in advance.
My husband’s home visit’s history in Saskatchewan consisted of unannounced drop ins to other farmers and towns people. He told me that you just showed up and you were always welcomed with food and drink. “We never called ahead,” he said.
In my family background, we did call ahead. My mother would never have allowed herself to show up at even her family’s homes without first warning them of our arrival. As a result, our family did not experience the ‘drop in’.
Today, people's lives are very busy and the spontaneous drop in may not be welcomed. However, your spontaneity shouldn’t prevent you from picking up the phone and making plans to have a home visit with family, friends or even someone you just met.
Give it a go! Connect with someone today through a face-to-face home visit.
P.S. We welcome your ‘drop in’.
|Home visit for the fun of it!|
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I LIKE THAT my mother brought me up to be a person who recognizes the power of clean. When my body is clean, I’m in good spirits. I love soaking in fresh bath water. When my immediate surroundings are clean, I’m in a good state of mind. I love the look of a sparkling counter top and the welcome feeling I get from a tidy living room. When the grounds outside my home are orderly, I have feelings of inner health. I like that my husband takes immaculate care of the property that surrounds the building where we live these days.
I’m taking my passion for clean living to the streets. I’ve initiated a Clean Living plan that calls on all citizens in Campbell River and surrounding communities to join me on Thursday, April 28, 2011 to clean up the sidewalks and boulevards in Campbell River. The starting point for the infinite project starts at my home. For one hour I will pick up rubbish around the block, put the trash into garbage bags and leave them for pick up by the City garbage collectors. I hope that other volunteers can join me.
|Whistle while you work.|