So yesterday while I was at work, some co-workers and I were having a nice healthy debate. One of my co-workers, who’s about 10 years younger than I am, was telling my other co-worker and myself that we should watch the movie “Blackfish”. Both my co-worker (who is like a sister to me, by the way) and myself were both adamant that we would not be watching the movie due to the fact that we didn’t want to depress the hell out of ourselves.
What ensued was a very interesting discussion that really highlighted to me how much I’d changed since I was my younger co-worker’s age. Ten years ago, I would most definitely have jumped at the chance to watch a movie about how humans mistreat animals just to get my moral outrage-o-meter pumping. But those days are behind me, and we had a long debate about the importance of learning about horrible things even if you choose not to or are incapable of doing something about those horrible things.
It was that last part that stuck with me. Because one of the reasons I stick to watching sci-fi and other escapist fare these days is because I don’t like that mix of feeling helpless because I don’t know what I can do to change a situation and feeling angry at myself because I WON’T do anything to change a situation.
If you recall my New Year’s Eve post, I was hoping that this year I would do a little bit more good in the world. And if you recall another post, I randomly decided to start selling handmade envelopes on Etsy. And it occurred to me that I could combine the two things. So rather than using my questionable envelope-making skills to add a little scratch in my own pockets, I decided I’d use it to raise a little money for others who need it more than me. So Nellary Gifts became Nellary Gifts 4 Charity, and all profits from any envelopes I sell will go to a charity, usually one related to the theme of the envelope (clever, eh?). So this time I’m telling you about this to support not me but some folks (or animal folks) who truly need it.
Serendipitously, my young co-worker who caused this big bout of soul-searching in the first place is my first and (so far) only customer, so his purchase will be the first to go to charity, in this case The Hero Initiative. So if you’re in the market for charitable envelope purchasing or know someone who is, why not consider Nellary Gifts 4 Charity? And I promise, no more grandiose self-promoting for awhile. We’ll stick with listening to great music. I’m much better at that.