Sometimes, I think that the stars are actually a huge connect-the-dot puzzle, and if we could only find the right pattern in which to connect them, then maybe we could figure out what they’re trying to tell us. And I think that there is a different pattern for every living person, every person that has ever lived, and every person that will ever live. So in a way, we’re all written into the night sky. And we gaze up at the sky, lying beneath our fears and dreams, and futures, and if we could find the right pattern, we might be able to know where we’re supposed to be. But the night sky is bigger than I can even begin to grasp, so I lay down on the damp summer grass amidst laughter and sips of wine, and I trace my finger along the brightest stars I can find, and I smile. The stars can keep the burden of knowing where it is that I will end up, because I am happy with where I am right now. When they twinkle, I think they’re winking at me, like they know something I don’t know, but I don’t mind. Sometimes, I like being in the dark, and right now, I don’t mind at all. —
I am hoping this will make you smile. We all go through yucky, gross, ___________ (you can fill in that blank:)) days, but you are doing it with so much grace. I admire you. I admire you more than you know. It’s a bit scary…kinda stalker-ish really, since we have never met, but you are doing so much good in the world and I wanna be like you!
Like I have said over and over again on this blog, I’ve had this desire in my heart to impact lives in ways I would never dream of. I want to restore HOPE in people who feel as if they are destined to live a life with no self worth, no food, no shelter, basically no hope. I want to do alotta good in the world…ALOTTA good.
That’s when I decided to reach out to clothing companies to collect donations and send to women in Central America. We would teach them the basics of business, and how to start their own little micro-enterprise via the donations they receive. I had my vision. I had my mission. Now I needed to get to the meat of it all and, well, get donations. I made a spread sheet of different clothing companies, I drafted a letter, and I emailed out to everyone on my spreadsheet. A couple of weeks went by and PING, an email from Matilda Jane Clothing came in. The email, from Kayla, pretty much said YES we want to help. I almost peed my pants. I’m not kidding. I was beyond the moon excited. That was almost two years ago. Our women in Costa Rica are awaiting their next opportunity to sell. We are in process of collecting and sorting donations for their second round. We are in the works of expanding to Nicaragua, and we just partnered with Souls4Soles to distribute your beautiful clothing to little girls in Port Au Prince, Haiti.
The good you are doing in the world is amazing. YOU, Denise, are amazing! I wish I could give you a hug. I hope this makes you smile.