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Oct 16, 2007

I'm just feeling overwhelmed right now.  I've joined this site hoping to learn from others, and there is just SO much information that I don't know where to begin.

I want to make changes in my life and do things that make my world a better place, but I find myself wanting to try everything at once.  I guess it's a personality quirk - I'm the type of person who doesn't like to collect things, I want the whole set right now!

I see people on here who are making such differences and doing so many admirable things.  How did you start out?  It's like, I want to help improve the quality of life for children and dogs, but how?  I donate to USHS and St. Jude's, but I want to do something more tangible to myself.  There isn't much opportunity in our city, or maybe I just don't know where to look for it.

I guess I just want some ideas of baby steps I can take immediately to get myself on the right track.  Here are my primary areas of interest:
- child welfare
- animal welfare
- reducing personal consumption ("wants" vs "needs")
- earth-friendly living

If anyone has suggestions or guidance for me, I'd be VERY appreciative!  TIA!
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Posted: Tuesday October 16, 2007, 11:51 am
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Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 1:57 pm
"Every day tell at least one person something you like, admire or appreciate about them. How often do you remember, or take the time, to tell people how much you like, admire, or appreciate them? For many people it is not often enough. In fact, when I ask people how often they receive heartfelt compliments from others I hear answers like “I can’t remember the last time I received a compliment. “Hardly ever” and sadly “I never receive them”.
Whether your reason for not giving compliments on a regular basis is not knowing what to say, embarrassment, feeling that other people already know their strengths and don’t need to be told, or simply not being in the habit of doing it, it’s time for a change.
Telling someone something that you like, admire, or appreciate about them takes almost no effort once you get used to it, yet it pays enormous dividends. Many people spend their entire lives wishing that other people would acknowledge them."

Kara d. (3)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 5:23 pm
That i believe is a thought we should all have inside us, but we have to find it ourselves. I also want the little everyday people to stand and inspire for and with the causes, if we learned to share ideas that could help one another instead of just one person then maybe we could all change for the better. I don't want the world to die because of us, how we aren't being friendly, or sensitive, or passive, or even thougthful of our own actions that could be hurting someone we hold dear. as i grow up now i learn that my world was never as much thought as green living, i want to change a lot of people and make them understand that what we know is sadly fading away, but... even i can tell that i have habits too. ones i am not proud of, believe me when i say this but,you are so lucky right now. To know what you are doing instead of being held down to earth like a lot of other wanting believers out there,i happen to want to be an artist some day, or write in a steady hand. But i am young and you have a better chance at making a choice that will be yours forever.

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Lisa Ivey
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