hey there, how are you doing?
my week has been pretty cool, with some neat stuff taking shape, and i so want our website to be launched so i can tell you all about it, it's like flipping christmas, i just wanna give the pressies out! patience, they, whoever 'they' are, say is a virtue, one of which i don't really possess, but hopefully when we launch the website we can launch with a bang, rather than one of those noises you get when you let a deflated party balloon down, you know the noise.
anyway, hopefully we go live very soon, and you will like what we're up to.
i recently met with a friend who asked me what i hoped to achieve from setting up bigmoose, and was it just about fundraising, to which i replied using a sentence that the new apple ceo tim cook coined recently that he wants to 'leave the world better than we found it', and that kinda sums up what bigmoose is about.
that can be in fundraising and helping others financially, but it can also mean helping the environment, your neighbours, or anybody for that matter in a variety of ways.
a family friend recently stopped in for lunch on her way back to london, and her sister ruth, who i had never met before was with her, and we got chatting about bigmoose, and my dream of what i wanted to create, and she told me a story which i loved, and i asked her if i could use the concept of this story for bigmoose, and she agreed. so here is bigmoose's friend ruth paley and her contribution to leaving this world better than we found it.
I am really pleased you are taken with the Mandela idea so here is a (not so brief summary so feel free to edit) description of how it came about for me.
"We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right"
Following Nelson Mandela's death in Dec 2013 I was struck by the enormous influence his life had exerted across continents and I considered this; if every person in the world who had been touched by him, even in the smallest of ways, pledged to undertake on a regular basis an act of kindness that they otherwise would not have, what a huge outpouring of compassion and positive energy was possible.
So, in Jan 2014 I started my own list of "Mandelas"......little gifts of time and effort. It began with a visit to neighbours of a friend of mine.Their daughter was in hospital with mental health problems and they knew nothing about what to expect and how to be with her. 2 hours of my time explaining and advising helped to reduce their fears and anxieties. (ruth is a community psychiatric nurse btw)
My list continues with not only practical things like washing an old lady's curtains and cleaning her windows but simple acts that I now do regularly with a mindful awareness that they make a small difference
. Picking up litter from beaches and woodland
. Smiling and saying hello to strangers
. Giving a pound coin to street beggars that I usually ignored
. Letting people with less shopping go before me at the checkout
. Taking bird food into the woods when the weather is harsh
. Giving a small amount to a charity that I would previously not bothered with
These are tiny acts but I believe they all add up and in their own way, and change my immediate world for the better.
so, ruth is changing the world for good in her own way, and that in my simple heart is what i want to do, and i am aware that i will get mocked by cynical 'friends' and may struggle to get everybody to see my dream, but i feel it's what i want to do, so if you feel a little like i do, come and join us, and in keeping with my reason for starting bigmoose, let's all do a 'mandela' but maybe we call it a 'monthly moose', so the explanation ties in with our theme.
on our website when we launch we are going to list peoples 'monthly moose's' so we can see how others are helping leave the world better than we found it, so if this resonates, do a monthly moose, and then tell us what you have done, so we can share this movement for good.
it's funny how things work out, i had just written the above piece, and a friend sent me a link to this video, now i know time is precious, and i know it has been viewed over 16 million times, so you may have already seen it, but if not, have a watch, it's pretty cool.
so that's some positive stuff, and hopefully it may touch you to do something amazing today, but just to reinforce this kind of thinking, my reason for starting this website was the loss of my buddy gary, aka moose, whose life was cut short and he was taken from us at an age far too young, and with way too much living left to do.
it is with this in mind that i want to share some stuff i saw recently, which again you may have seen before, but if one person reading it makes one change to his or her life, i've done some good, so check it out, and as it says at the end don't be plagued by regrets, a well lived life begins today.
in 2013, a fascinating study was performed by bronnie ware–a nurse in a terminal palliative care unit. she decided to poll her patients in their last days in hopes to uncover any regrets so others may learn. "our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”
I hope these findings will not only change the way you think, but the way you act. We only have one life… don’t waste it on things that don’t matter.
so hopefully my jibber jabber has made you reflect, and possibly look at doing a monthly moose, and if it has please share what you do, as it would be great to put them on the website, and you can stay anonymous if you want to as well, just share the good stuff.
have a brilliant week, and if you enjoy the stuff we are doing please share it with your friends and family, let's grow bigmoose to a place none of us can dream of, and let's leave the world better than we found it.