A Happy Peach

Things that make my heart smile…


“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

The following should be taken as a completely personal post, not one of those goody two shoes moments which is supposed to bully someone into something. It’s a this is what I am thinking about and this is the direction I want to be heading in sort of post. Just thought I would make it clear.

I am of the notion that people are inherently good. Under normal circumstance I believe we all want to do what’s right, but sometimes what falls in our general scope of what’s right can differ from others. I would like to think that most of us try to not hurt people and not cheat people. I understand that there are times when people get hurt and it was unintentional, but I think those are extenuating circumstances. And I think that is how most of us try to live our lives doing what we need to get by and trying not to hurt people.

However, what I notice is that “being good” is about what you don’t do, you don’t harm people and you don’t cheat them (and yes I know it’s a generalized way of looking at it, but the variety which entails a virtuous nature is way too vast for this post). In my way of thinking, and this is just my personal viewpoint, I try to take a more “proactive” approach. Now, when I was a teenager I don’t think I would have understood this properly, but having lived my life and had experiences I realize the importance of my actions. I think about what effect my actions have on others and then try to pick the one that does the least harm.

When I was in college I worked for a few nonprofit organizations and found those jobs to be some of the most rewarding. After college I worked in law enforcement, this work showed a whole other side of life to me. It brought a new understanding of people who made different choices a little better. After I left law enforcement I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I began to volunteer. I have volunteered at a few different places for causes that I believe in. What I took away is how much value my work was to the people who were benefited from it, this personal growth was my payment. I realized what I do to/for another I do/for to myself.

Now that I am asking myself questions about who I want to be and what I want to do next, I turn to volunteering for answers. When I ask myself the question of my identity I hear the following quote from Gandhi:

Be the change you want to see in the world….

I expand his thought with:

  • Be the good you want to see in the world
  • Be a force for good

So I’ve been researching some new nonprofit projects to work on. I’ve gone back to a couple of organizations which I have used before.

I am still looking. I am looking for virtual volunteer projects. I was looking into the Peace Corps, but I am unsure if a two-year commitment is right for me at this time.

This old song has been playing in my head right lately. This is the really long version.


On Offer….

One thing about being a recovering shopaholic is the temptation. As I have said before I am doing OK resisting, but these offers just seem to keep coming. Here are a few that I think I may be able to resist, but just in case I thought I would post for you guys:

  • Deborah Lippman is offering 10% off all orders of $60 or more from now till April 28th (11:59pm) with discount code glitter2011. Personally I’d wait for Beauty.com when they give 20% off for friends and family, but they don’t have the entire line. Also on the Lippmann site you pay shipping, with Beauty.com you don’t pay shipping on orders over $49 (although it’s $25 right now). Or just buy it from Zappos, no discount, but free shipping both ways on everything. Can’t go wrong there (plus they are super nice). Although shipping rules may be different if you live outside of the U.S.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue is having their friends and family again. It’s a bit late this year, and I notice that the discount has gone done over the years, oh well. It’s 10% for beauty and fragrance, 15% for jewelry, and 20% for all others (and the fancy pants designers aren’t included). The coupon code is FRIEND3, you can also print it out and bring it in store. It used to be that this combo’d up with the beauty event, but I think that’s past.
  • J. Crew is always having some sort of sale shipping deal. They’re doing 30% off sale and free shipping with $150 purchase. Discount code OURTREAT

I think those are the ones for now. I’ll let you know if more come into my inbox. Man, it is hard to avoid these temptations.