“But where were they going
Without ever knowing the way?”
Yesterday, I looked inward at two years of giving my time. Today, the question is …
… Where do I go from here?
The short answer is … I don’t know.
And the reason I don’t know is because this site is no longer about “me.” It’s about “we.” And “we” may lead it in directions I can’t yet imagine.
What started out as a site to mark the progress of a personal challenge, has grown to become a site which pulls back the curtains on the power of giving time; a site that reveals a different path which can bring deeper satisfaction; a site to promote an understanding that giving is complex, nuanced, and profound; a site to inspire more gratitude, more joy, and more kindness; and above all a site with a mission to encourage acting with intent to make a difference in this world.
In order to fulfill that mission, the site needs to evolve. To let it evolve, I need to be creative. To be creative, I’m going to step back briefly to think, experiment, redesign, and refresh. I want to look at it, and myself, from many different angles. I want to look at where it’s been and where it’s going.
In practical matters this means is that I will no longer hold myself to a daily post. Instead, I’ll intermix older posts with new. Just like the future is always a mixture of the past and the present.
I hope to also include guest writers – people who are making a difference. I’m going to continue to profile people making change right here and right now, everyday people who are making a difference.
I’d like to use that time to read and reread, renew my understanding of simple actions, and recharge. That will give me fresh eyes to see different ways to give back. It will help me connect with new people, are renew connections with all the friends I’ve made so far on this journey.
One thing that won’t change is my daily gift of time – my action. I may not write the action down every day, but I will look for other avenues to discuss and share it. Action is the beating pulse in this body of change.
One final important note … If you have ideas, please send them to me, or comment in the space below. I’m open to better ways to make a difference, better ways to inspire, and better ways to imagine a better world.
The path that I’m walking, the path of giving time, will twist and turn. It will be at times green, at others gray, and from time to time golden. It will meander and it will mosey. It will plod and it will gallop. It will peer deeply and it will gaze upon vast new horizons.
Giving time is not just a path for me, but for you. It’s a path meant to be walked together.
I hope you’ll join me.
I have only been reading your blog for about 6 months now I suppose. I look forward to it every day, and I would truly miss it if you stopped. The reason people form groups and clubs and churches is because they like to know they’re in the close company of those who are like minded. And, you and I are liked minded in giving. Your one year blog became 2 years. I believe it’s because you, as I, became compelled to do whatever you could with your finite time to make an impact in someones life if even for a moment in time. Thank you for impacting mine. Merry Christmas and God bless you and your family. Lisa
I know that you have given much, to the people that come to your food pantry and receive the food boxes. Having helped move some of that food into your church for distribution, I know that has fed many, many people. That’s real impact.
My sincere hope is that I’m only going to take a brief hiatus from writing, but I think that time will be well-spent if it allows me to refocus. Sometimes, one needs to step back to where one was in order to help people along the path already trodden.
Many thanks, and happy holidays!
love that you are allowing it grow, as well do. i also really liked what you said about mixing past with present and letting it evolve, just like our lives. really appreciate your thoughtfulness in your posts and look forward to your positive outlook on the world. great work eric and look forward to reading more (as usual)!
Thanks for your sentiments. As you mentioned, the key part of this blog is action, and inspiring action. To do that well, I need to not only act, but revisit where I was to see how best to inspire.
Have a Happy New Year, and thanks for keeping us up to date on Avery World!
I’m looking forward to what new and exciting things you’ll bring to the table! Good luck!