Welcome to another week and another rousing episode of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by our very own lovely Broke and the Bookish! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meemee in which bloggers are giving a topic each week and then post a top ten list related to that topic.
This week is kicking off the summer with summer reads! For me summer means a lot of extra work. I look at my calendar now and my eyes bug out at all the writing, but it’s good! I mostly enjoy my extra work. In June right after VBS (Vacation Bible School), I leave for my yearly trip to Belize! After that it’s full of smaller trips, GISHWHES, and doesn’t end till another Samaritan’s Closet trip in October.
Why am I sharing this? It’s not to brag. That’s the very last thing I want to do. This summer I want to encourage other people to change the world! A big part of that is by understanding the world and the people who live in it. You won’t always agree with everyone, I know I don’t. And I don’t always understand others or their actions, but it doesn’t mean we can’t agree to disagree and move along.
As always, questions and comments are welcomed, as are links to your own TTT!
Invitation to World Religions
Religion is probably the number one item that is controversial in the world today. I myself am a Christian, but find it profound to know and understand other religions just as well as I do my own. After all, how can you believe or not believe in one religion or another without understanding it fully?
New Hobby Books!
These books are all hobbies I took up some time or another and still do! Learning to knit was my project last summer; taking pictures and video editing were hobbies before they were parts of my job; playing around with my recurve bow gives me time outside (and lets me play Hawkeye… shhh…); baking bread is something I do for my dad and co-workers; and origami keeps my hands busy. Other than being a fun way to pass time, I’ve found that the receptiveness of some of these activities also helps with anxiety, stress and depression.
Practice Random Acts of Kindness
This book contains true and inspiring stories from Billy Graham to the Dalai Lama and Bill Clinton, all with suggestions on how to make simple acts of kindness and how they impact the world. Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru, leave scarves and hats in parks during the winter for the homeless, bake cookies and take them to police and fire stations, hand out bottles of water on the street on hot days, or offer to cut your neighbors grass while you’re cutting your own.
For those not new to my blog, you know I’m a big advocate for supporting those with mental illnesses and for sharing information about mental illnesses. A big struggle right now is insurance companies dropping coverage of depression medication! There’s horrible, understated mental illnesses that are overlooked or shrugged off; depression, anxiety, PTSD, bi-polar, OCD, Schizophrenia, BPD, eating disorders, and tons of others.
Inside the Third World
If you’ve seen the TV commercials “Buy Belize”, then you’ve seen blue-green waters, white beaches, bungalows, and hammocks looking all cozy and inviting. The same goes for if you’ve ever been on a cruise to a third world county, but if you ever stray from the path laid out for you and see behind the curtain you’ll see tin shacks where people live, kids working just as hard as adults, people eating a tortilla for lunch because that’s all they can afford. $2.50 for an hours work chopping trees with a machete is good work. Spend a little time this summer getting to know your world and the people in it.
And really since you guys were gracious enough to read my rambling this week, and because it’s summer and everyone deserves a nice start to their summer, here’s a Summer Kick-Start Giveaway!
The giveaway is for any book of your choosing within a $20 range. It is open internationally through Bookdepository, so make sure the book you want and your country is available on the site.
You must be at least 14 years old to enter. The giveaway ends June 5 at MIDNIGHT and the winner is randomly chosen by rafflecopter. I will email the winner and give them 48 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen.