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Thursday, January 19, 2012

January 20th Challenge: Belatedly Piercing The Darkness

What dark, wet days.  According to the calender, we're "more than halfway through the darkness now" (as Doctor Who said).  I think it's going to be a while before it seems that way.  

Apparently January 17th was a Pierce The Darkness Day.  Sadly, I just found out about it, but I figure it's never too late to lighten things up, especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest in the winter.  

Your job:   leave a note of encouragement.  See below.

By the by:  doubtful it'll happen, considering the landslides and flooding, but I'm supposed to be on the coast this weekend at a remote place.  Unlikely I'll have internet access.  If you don't see a post on here by Saturday afternoon, your challenge is this:  Post a challenge for us.

WORLDWIDE EVENT: It's happening wherever YOU ARE AT!! January's event is super easy: Leave a Note. On January 17th, take 30 seconds to write an encouraging note on a piece of paper. Leave it anonymously somewhere that someone who needs it can find it - and let destiny do the rest!

On top of a stack of cans in the grocery store? Post-it note on the bathroom mirror at work? Written on the back of your bill at a restaurant? Scribbled on a napkin and left on a bench? Scrawled on a piece of notebook paper and slipped into the locker of someone you don't know? Yes, yes, yes! All of these are perfect. The idea is to make someone smile, give them hope, encouragement...and pierce the darkness that has overcome our world.

The purpose of Piercing the Darkness is to help be a source of light in the world in these times of darkness. We do easy, simple things that help others feel a little better, and in turn, we feel a little better, too. It's a baby step towards bringing light back into this perpetually darkening world.

Each month, we have a small, simple event. Something super easy that anyone can do, anywhere in the world, to make the world a lighter, brighter place. Please join us as we spread joy, hope and love - and invite your friends and family, too! And to be invited to future events, please "Like" our page, and join our Group!


speck said...

Perhaps an unaddressed post card (I have some left over from earlier in the week) dropped into a blue public mailbox with the following message:

"Neither snow nor RAIN nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. Thank you!!!"

(Huh, the word verification generator came up with a plain old word this time. Suggestion for future challenge: come up with a definition for the verification word and use it in a sentence or pome.)

Kiesa Kay said...

Remote place on the coast? Remote? How wonderful! Am in San Diego -- kind thing to do -- human trafficking help line phone number left in truck stops and laundromats and bars, public bathrooms -- okay, maybe it won't help but you never know -- 1-866-528-7109 --

Jana Svoboda, LCSW said...

Good on you both. Every little piece of light makes the world more beautiful.
Who knows who gets the shine you leave?