Don’t switch off…

Last weekend we visited the Big Church Day out and we had an incredible time.

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Yet I couldn’t understand my husbands reluctance to stay in the market place for long. In fact I was rather cross as I was looking forward to listening to the information about the charities there and learning more about them.

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So there I am moaning at my husband for dragging me away thinking that he is just scared I’m going to spend too much money when he finally tells me simply ” he couldn’t face it”‘. The truth was the charities and their imagery had all been to much for him and he had found himself overwhelmed with the amount of different organisations and the real need in the world and he just didn’t know where to start or how to help them and to be honest he knew he couldn’t help them all.

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After I apologised for judging him quite harshly I too could see his point of view. There were so many good causes, so where do you start?

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This left me wondering about the country in general, I had been eavesdropping on a conversation only the other day in a coffee shop a woman was saying she was getting fed up of charities being everywhere, people stopping her in the street, bags through her door, on the television children in need, soccer aid and so many more she just found herself switching off, like my husband she knew she couldn’t help them all so had stopped trying.

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This saddened me, the truth is charities really need people’s help and yes they have to publicise themselves to raise awareness for funding and for most cases funding saves or changes lives.

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Awareness means knowledge,

Knowledge means support

Support means lives changed.

Anyway i’m digressing back to my conversation with my husband we chatted a while and I just simply said” follow your heart”. To which I got the puzzled “yeah right” look.

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No, seriously I said “ follow your heart”, listen and see what really stirs at your soul. What angers you, what makes you sad, what feeds your passion and support that charity.

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If you are saddened by homelessness, support them.

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If poverty in the third world breaks your heart, help them

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If human trafficking makes you so angry you cannot breathe, fight with them.

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Follow your heart

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Charities find that when people are affected by the problem they become supporters, for example cancer suffers, people who have lost loved ones to cancer are more likely to support cancer charities, etc, they are following their hearts.

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Yes there are so many to choose from, the whole world is in need, but don’t be like that lady in the coffee shop, don’t stop listening, don’t stop caring, let your heart direct you to the cause, charity that you can support with dedication.

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For me there are a few

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Compassion UK is so close to my heart, no child should live in poverty

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Rett syndrome research trust uk, working to find the cure for Rett syndrome the evil that took my baby away.

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Human trafficking, a cause that I’m new too but i am learning more about each day. I want to fight with a passion and an anger that burns in my heart, no one should ever be sold. People are not a commodity.

And of course my heart

Livvy’s Smile, creating memories for disabled children and their families

When I talk about the above charities, my heart is filled with a passion. I’m told I light up with emotion.

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Why because I follow my heart..

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Don’t be dimmed by the masses but be fired up by the few,

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And if you are overwhelmed like my husband I simply suggest you listen to what the charity advocates are telling you and see if your heart stirs, if not just thank them for there time and move on.

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But never ever switch off.

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There is so much need in the world, so many needing help.

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Open your heart and listen

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