I had an e-mail from a friend of mine apologizing for not responding to my e-mail sooner. She is busy organizing her luggage and bring-alongs for a two month trip in Tibet and China. Besides working on her botanical drawings this woman intends to teach English to Tibetan nuns, work on improving their drinking water supply, and has started a non-profit organization to provide warm clothing and educational scholarships to Tibetans in need.
Since she hasn’t left yet, the recent tornado in North Minneapolis has kept her busy driving a Fishes and Loaves van through the wreckage. The Fishes and Loaves program provides meals to disadvantaged and homeless souls on a regular schedule, but the tornado sent the need skywards, so to speak. My friend has been scrambling to find additional funds and resources to feed the hungry. Over 300 meals disappear in about 40 minutes, and many are still waiting in line.
Did I mention my friend is in her early 60’s? She has more energy than friends, and she has a lot of friends. She is the poster-child, er, poster-senior, for the difference one person can make. Sure, she has help, and sure, she has connections. But her life-view is always framed by how she can be of service to others. And she is apologizing for not responding to my e-mail sooner? Wow.