I feel as though everyone I’ve come into contact with over the last week or so is experiencing a form of grief. A few blame the super moon, a few blame the election, and a few blame the fall of time that brings our daylight to be shorter till the spring. But either way you say it, they’re all sad about something going on in their life that is either directly or passively impacting them.
Impact is impact no matter how you rationalize it but instead of running into the flames of negativity, we all have the power to spark a light outside of the flames and manifest positivity in our community instead of negativity and sadness.
It doesn’t have to be within the love city of Louisville, it can be done anywhere. Choosing joy over sorrow is an inside decision that each of us has to make. No one can make us happy if we’re not happy with ourselves first.
If you’re a grateful citizen in Louisville, here’s a list of things you can do today and tomorrow to make a difference and throw some glitter by sparking hope and love through support.
Today, Wednesday November 16, 2016:
FEED YOUR COMMUNITY:
Join Joey Wagner for Turkey Stock 2016 going on today at Brownie’s Hurstbourne; 237 Whittington Pkwy till 7pm. They’re collecting turkeys for Kentucky Harvest with the goal of 1,000 turkeys in 2 days and today’s day 2! They need your support. MAJOR instant positive feelings will be felt. Be like Nike and just do it.
ADVOCATE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY:
The Fairness Campaign needs you to fight as hard as you can to protect and preserve LGBT rights in KY after the election. You can learn more at the Volunteer Night tonight at their office; 2263 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206.
Here are five things you can commit to do RIGHT NOW!
1. VOLUNTEER FOR FAIRNESS | We can use help every day in the Fairness Campaign office processing supporters’ messages to their legislators. If you have a laptop you can bring, it is helpful, but not required.
VOLUNTEER NIGHTS w/ FREE PIZZA
Monday, Nov. 14, 5-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 5-8 p.m.
(You can volunteer any day, M-F, you are available. E-mail Jamie@Fairness.org or call 502.893.0788 to schedule a time.)
2. DONATE TO FAIRNESS | We’ll need more resources than ever before to fight anti-LGBT legislation in Kentucky. Please consider donating $250, $100, $25, or any amount significant to you to help us: www.tinyurl.com/FairnessDonate
3. RALLY IN FRANKFORT | Join our Statewide Fairness Rally Wednesday, Feb. 15! www.tinyurl.com/FairnessRally17
4. ASK YOUR EMPLOYER TO JOIN KCWC | The Kentucky Competitive Workforce Coalition (KCWC) is a group of employers across Kentucky committed to fighting for LGBT rights. You can see if your employer is signed on, and they can join, at: www.KYCompetitiveWorkforce.com
5. TELL YOUR STORY | If you’re LGBTQ living in Kentucky, or are from Kentucky, and you have a story of discrimination you’d be willing to share (even anonymously), please visit: www.tinyurl.com/FairnessStoryCollection.
Tomorrow, November 17, 2016:
SUPPORT VICTIMS IN YOUR COMMUNITY:
You’re invited to a festive evening of shopping & champagne, featuring one-of-a-kind gifts that give back & special products from Anchal Holiday Trunk Show with their new Narrative Collection. Event will be at the Whitehall House & Gardens; 3110 Lexington Rd. Louisville, KY 40207 – Events begins at 11am and closes at 8pm.
Learn more about Anchal Project: www.facebook.com/Anchal-Project
Here’s a list of things you can do right this second to change your day and make an impact on your life and the lives of others:
1) Smile at people.
2) Send someone a card.
3) Be kind at home. Be present and active.
4) Give someone a compliment.
5) Hold the door for the person behind you.
6) Plan to donate your time this holiday season by finding a nonprofit you can support with your heart and mind.
7) Pay for someone else’s meal, coffee, groceries, or whatever. Do so and leave before they know. Acts of kindness are sometimes best when the person cannot repay you and the anonymity makes it that much more kind.
8) Tell someone that you love them and tell them one reason you’ve never said before.