I usually put my Menu Plan together on Sunday nights, but instead my husband and I watched “Darfur Now” and I couldn’t settle my mind down enough to focus on it. What an amazing movie, not just for the information about the conflict but the message, the true story, of how people who are just normal people can make a huge difference in any conflict or problem. It’s about not just saying, “It’s too big, I can’t do anything”. It’s really simple. Learn. Do what you can with what you’ve learned. Repeat. That and, I just love that Don Cheadle. He’s awesome.
Instead of being left with the usual feelings of being sad, but overwhelmed, I felt encouraged and empowered. It made me think of a brilliant quote by Margaret Mead, a famous anthropologist if there ever was one (and I’m not sure there ever was one):
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
I am also trying to get organized for our trip to Mackinaw later this week. In an insane dedication to suffering, my husband and some friends ride their bikes from Grand Rapids to Mackinaw city. It’s almost 300 miles. But they’re not crazy, they do it over a period of three days. OK they are crazy. We meet them once along the way to deliver lunch, and then again as they cruise into town. I have our itinerary planned out (of course) but have the packing piece left to accomplish. I turn to Flylady for this and thought I’d provide a link to FlyLady’s Packing Control Journal. She lays it all out for you, right down to the smallest detail.
Speaking of planning, I just discovered a new blog for the list oriented among you. It’s called, simply, List Mama. She has a contest going on right now with a chance to win one of several ePlanners, head over to check it out.
Grassroots activism, menu planning, packing, loads of new lists… and it’s only 10:30. I need another cup of coffee, I think it’s going to be a busy day 🙂