Every couple of weeks I get a phone call from Julie. I have never met her face to face, but she read about us in the newspaper and she liked what she read. Then, her favorite Norwegian country singer said he liked us, and that kind of did it for her. If he liked Partners, then we had to be good. So she calls me just to chat about this and that and to let me know when she has given her donation to Partners. Yesterday we talked about how she has been trying to get in shape by going for walks and eating more greens. She has lost a lot of weight just by doing this. We talked about the cold winter ahead too and wondered what’s up with all this cold. It’s supposed to get warmer in the world, not colder. Some times we talk about her grown kids and about her favorite hobby: Making Christmas dolls. She is going to give me one and I can either sell it to raise money for Partners or I can keep it if I want to do that.
I wish there were more people like Julie around. Honest, hard working—the kind of person who reads about a good cause in the newspaper and has the guts to call the person in charge and say: “I like what you are doing. How can I support your work?” When I was a little slow to send her and information packet she called me again and said: “Have you forgotten me? I want to help your organization.”
One thing I am good at is thinking about good things I could do and then I don’t do them. I conveniently forget, I slyly get busy, I impressively analyze and decide against any action, I passively zone out, I amazingly manage to drown it. Whatever it takes. Then I make excuses and miss out on the blessing it is to bless others. May I become more like the Julies of the world instead.