While this month’s article, Making a Difference, was inspired by The School of Life, so much more on the theme of difference keeps coming my way.
The inspirational entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau has set a challenge next Monday (March 13th) for us all to participate in a social experiment. How can we make a difference for free?
So here’s how it works. Figure out something you’d like to give away for free. Do you have a skill you’d like to offer—something you can help someone with?
Is there something of value that you no longer want, but someone else could put it to good use?
Is there something you sell that you can give away to a few people, or to everyone on a certain day?
It’s a wonderful challenge. I love Freecycle as a more organized source of giving something of value but no longer needed away for free. And regularly donate wellbeing consultations as prizes for local fundraisers.
But what else could I, or you, give away for free next week?
Please leave your thoughts below in comments.
Then there’s the issue of how we, in our homogenous culture, view people who are different. Carly Findlay, an ardent writer and activist, lives with a skin condition that makes her stand out. She’s shared some useful tips on having a conversation with someone with a visible difference or disability.
Local artist Jamie Daddo, has the rare experience of watching his identical twin live the life he might have lived, if he’d not been in a debilitating accident. The new season of the ABC documentary series Anatomy begins with Brain, about Jamie, art and his relationship with twin brother Andrew.
Of Jamie, Andrew says, “He’s brain damaged, not soul damaged”.
This is one of the most profound quotes on disability I’ve ever heard. Next time you see someone with an acquired brain injury or any visible disability it’s a great quote to remember.
And on the subject of disability, twitpic of the day has to go to Brett Spencer, with this quip.