Tuesday, May 31, 2011

If it's worthwhile, it counts!

Here are two ways to serve that are a little unconventional. I'm bringing them up now because my friend Holly has started a meme, and I'm an enthusiastic participant. I think you'll see why when you check it out.

Spreading good news is arguably something good we do for other people, right? So it can be as easy as sitting down to your computer and sharing something fine, inspiring, or even funny (as long as it doesn't ridicule anyone) via email, Facebook, or your blog. Voila! You served others, without even getting out of your chair. The idea of "paying it forward" is a bonus!

As part of my participation in the meme, I want to share a little bit about the blog post I'm highlighting. I devotedly read Shannon Hale's blog, squeetus, and I highly recommend it for a down-to-earth, fun read by a gifted writer. The post I'm linking to today talks a lot about Shannon's interview with a friend of hers--Stephenie Meyer (you may have heard of her). The story of that interview may interest you (I think pretty much everything Shannon writes is readable), but there's a little gem toward the end of the post that I particularly want to promote. Take the time to read down to it and consider the service Shannon is suggesting: sit down with another person, with no distractions, and fully focus on them for a couple of hours. Ask them questions about their life, their passions, their successes and failures, whatever comes up. "No agenda," she says. "Just listen and love." If you record your interview, you'll not only be serving the person you're interviewing, but you'll be doing something priceless for their loved ones.

So, a couple of easy, relatively quick ways to bring some light into another's life. And that's what we're all about on our road to Jericho.

1 comment:

  1. I loved your link! What a fun and interesting topic, but also, what fun writing! I'm putting that idea away in my little bag of tricks and pulling it out for a post someday. Her little number explanations[1], [2], [3], and so on had me rolling~good job Leslie!