Friday, June 15, 2012

Changing the World


I was a very idealistic kid: I wanted to the change the world. Unfortunately I’ve grown up. Yet I still want to change the world.

On the other hand I have no skills to stop/prevent:

Climate change
Greece from defaulting

Face it—there is so much bad news out there that I can do nothing about, except read/hear/watch it on the news. AND there is more bad news about the news:

There is no such thing as fair and unbiased!
Media frenzy/hysteria/overload!

I can do nothing about the above either. Even the stuff I think I have control over is a fiction. My fiction is fiction—so too is a lot of my non-fiction.

Just getting up each morning is a leap of faith.

There is one skill I do have and which I frequently employ—my ability to write.

Recently, I wrote a story about a leap of faith, about coming to Chicago straight out of college in 1982 to work at a non-profit here in Chicago. THAT WHICH I SHOULD HAVE DONE I DID NOT DO is a flash (1000 words) about one of my visitation ladies. The title is based upon a painting of the same name by Ivan Albright hanging at the Art Institute of Chicago. It is a picture, painted in great detail, of a door. Graduating from college is like a door: a door you can run SLAM into or a door that can open—perhaps to other doors or lead me somewhere. Who knows!
That Which I Should Have Done, I Did Not Do


The cool thing about THAT WHICH is that I submitted it to Adroit Journal, a literary mag dedicated to ending poverty. If that isn’t idealistic, I don’t know what is. Adroit was started by Peter LaBerge a high school senior. Yeah, just a kid out to change the world. He spearheaded the journal with all proceeds to go to the Acumen Fund an organization that strives to one day give every human being access to the critical goods and services they need – including affordable health, water, housing, energy, agricultural inputs and services – so that they can make decisions and choices for themselves and unleash their full human potential. About Adroit. About Acumen Fund

Isn’t this the coolest thing ever. It’s about writing for a change. Peter and his staff put a lot of hard work into this current issue, so why not check it out. Maybe ORDER a copy. It’s only $15 and each issue purchased contributes $7.22 to Acumen. Do something today: Read, Write, Take a Leap of Faith, Change the World.

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