Looking to Render Aid

What therapy do you propose
To remove the thorns from this winter rose
Or stop the hawk in diving flight
Or pluck the peach before fire blight
You see the pain of comfort lost
Through the window those tempest tossed
Words and pithy parables spouting
Your only aid is sermonic shouting.

I have to admire some of my friends who do more than “talk the talk”. I’m referring to those strong individuals who are willing to make a difference by their actions. There have been a few who have supported efforts at humanitarian aid whether it was local, national or international. And by support I mean they physically went and built schools or churches or hospitals. They volunteered their medical, veterinary, educational or engineering expertise. Some distributed food and water and others opened their homes to provide shelter. Sometimes it was temporary and other times it was permanent by way of adoption. I applaud them. They have a fearlessness that I do not possess. Because I don’t have the courage to take that step toward giving of myself, I try to avoid being the other side of that coin. You know the type I’m referring to – the persons who have many criticisms but no solutions. They can tell you everything that is wrong but have no suggestions to make it right. Several years ago a decision was made to move me out of my office. I was not happy. Instead of “pitching a fit”, I pitched an alternative solution to the problem that didn’t involve displacing me. It was a win-win situation. My boss complemented me and told me that he always liked when someone had a problem and also provided a solution. He said it made his job easier.


8 thoughts on “Looking to Render Aid

  1. We can have a lengthy debate on this subject, and you are clearly setting out the two points of view.
    I will simply say that if thought precedes action, it can also be asserted that thought proceeds from action (quote from a famous pedagogue Maria Montessori). So…. πŸ™‚
    Love ❀


  2. I think most of us fall somewhere in between/in the middle of those two groups…we help when we can, as we can, we try to be a part of the solution, and we try not to complain or criticize or judge.

    Your poem is poignant and thought-provoking! I read it twice out loud. πŸ™‚

    I get frustrated in groups (whether they are volunteer or for pay-check) when they talk and talk and talk about problems/concerns but never seem ready to get to the action part. I am always ready to try to do something…even if it’s not the perfect solution, at least we are giving it a go. We can always regroup and try something else if need be.

    HUGS and so good to have you hear on Wordpres!!! πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed this poem. I tried the link to request access to your blog and it seemed to work! I really like the idea that you have control over who can see your posts! I may have to explore that more carefully. Seems to be more like the old xanga and the protected posts feature.

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      1. Yes, it is.
        If you go to your Dashboard “page” and on the left hand side, click on Settings, then on Reading…under Site Visibility you can click on “I would like my site to be private, visible only to myself and users I choose”. πŸ™‚
        I only have time schecule-wise and emotionally-wise to read and comment a certain number of blogs, so by being on private I can keep that under control. πŸ™‚


      2. Yes. When you are writing a new blog post…before you publish it…under “Visibility” you have 3 options: Public, Password Protected and Private.
        Public: for all to see. (if your site is on private, then only those people you have given access to your site can read. If you are not on private then I guess anyone on WordPress can read.)
        Private: for only you to see. For example, I have made a lot of my early WP posts private so only I can see them.
        Password protected: for only those people you want to read…but you have to make up a password for that post and give it just to the people you want to read that post. Most people give it to those people via e-mail.

        Does that make any sense?
        If not, maybe this will help:



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