I was ready to join the community starting with going to church to meet people, but church here starts at 10 am and I am not a morning person, so I just don't feel that is going to work. I had not given up on the idea, but Sunday came and went and I did not go anywhere, then today an opportunity presented itself. I was asked to volunteer to help prepare vegetables from the grocery stores, vegetables that are not quite right to sell, but fine really, and turn them into meals for those who need them. It is well researched that the poorest do not prepare food. They eat from packages and boxes and do not know how, nor care to learn how to prepare food. They are caught in a rut, lazy, yes, but not motivated also because they lack the energy and motivation because of poor diets.
So, some good people in the town of St. Paul are working on the problem. Recognizing that giving the people fruits and vegetables in the raw form is a waste of food, they get together and prepare the produce, making it into meals. At first I thought about the people too lazy to do the work, but the volunteers are right. We cannot change anything when we already know the folks are too lazy, unless we prepare the meals for them. Then at least they are getting some real nutrition and that may contribute to better health and perhaps from there, some of them will volunteer and learn and so on. So, on Friday I am going to help. The volunteers are all sorts of people from the area who are giving three hours or less of their time, working together for the greater good. I am privileged to be invited to join them. I feel this opportunity was given to me because I was ready for it and that is how the universe works. When the soul is ready, the door opens.
Bless you all. May the door open for you as well and we can all be privileged to help others this holiday season and always.