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Dance Forever

“It’s you and me moving at the speed of light into eternity”

I’m sure you’ve already seen this, but I loved it the first time I watched the video. I thought it was very clever and it made me REALLY want to do something creative if and when I get married.

What really surprised me was to find a link to an organization called Wellstone Action! (The exclamation point is part of the title of the org.) I will let the organization describe itself.

“Wellstone Action and Wellstone Action Fund is a national training center for people interested in progressive change. We help activists win on issues and elect progressive candidates by training them in the nuts and bolts of grassroots organizing, voter engagement, political advocacy, and leadership development.”

I was unaware there was something called “the progressive movement” so I had to find the meaning of the term. Apparently it is just a social activism movement.

People who identify themselves as “progressives” are: Ralph Nader, Barack Obama, Noam Chomsky, and Hilary Clinton.

The reason the newly weds picked the organization, however, is because they care deeply about breaking the cycle of domestic violence. This is something I can definitely be ok with.

Even if you think the progressive movement is just code for democrat, liberal, or socialist, and you don’t agree with any of those ideologies; I understand completely. But, this particular fund is for violence prevention, so try to find it in your heart to give. I donated to the group and I think you should too!

While we’re on the subject. I used to find donating very difficult. I always felt like I couldn’t donate enough or that there were just too many choices. How could I know that I was donating my money to the correct cause?

However, lately, I have found a lot of joy in donating small amounts of money to lots of different organizations. I have no consistency, rhyme, or reason. It just so happens that every two weeks something will stir my passions enough and I will leave them a few pennies. (More than that, but not much more)

I highly recommend doing this. I know this sounds like a way for me to toot my own horn *toot, toot*. I just never realized that it feels really good to do something like this. I am in no way deluded, however. Your money has to echo your actions. You have to get your hands dirty as well. It is one thing to throw a whole lot of money at an organization. It is another thing entirely to work with them.

Something that I have admittedly neglected as of late. I could say, in my defense, I am about to go volunteer for 2 whole years. Unfortunately, that is no excuse.

My last day of work is today. I will try to do some volunteering in the states before I go. Any suggestions?

Well, that is all I have for today.

Much Love,

– Brandon Holly –

p.s. – Try to laugh today. I found several conflicting statistics, but they all basically say that children laugh much more often than adults. I want to laugh more. Don’t you?

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