i blog for compassion international. no, really i do. once a month they send out an assignment and i try to write about it. this is the first month i’ve actually done it. and this month’s assignment isn’t directly related to compassion. october 15 – that’s today – is blog action day and compassion has asked us to do a post for blog action day. when i registered my blog there were 8,700+ blogs already registered to participate.
here’s the what of blog action day
On October 15th bloggers everywhere will publish posts that discuss poverty in some way. By all posting on the same day we aim to change the conversation that day, to raise awareness, start a global discussion and add momentum to an important cause.
and here’s the why
Every blogger has a unique voice, audience and perspective. By speaking to their readers on topic about an important issue we can discuss global issues like poverty in a new and hugely multi-faceted way. And from discussion springs action.
i feel somewhat unqualified to write about poverty. i’ve never been poor. even though there were times i sure felt like it. weeks at a time when i couldn’t afford a starbucks. i had to eat a sandwich at home for lunch instead of joining friends for lunch out. i really felt like i was doing without. but i do know that wasn’t poverty. it wasn’t even suffering. we had a roof over our head, clothes on our back, food on the table and gas in the car and coffee in the coffee pot.
i am ashamed to have even thought we were going without.