Pay it Forward January

CarolineShySmile A couple of awesome bloggers, Missy over at Literal Mom and Carolyn of Hooked and Happy have a meme called Pay it forward. They ask people to do random acts of kindness and write about it in a post, not because they want back pats, but to encourage others to do the same. The meme was initiated before the Sandy Hook tragedy, but it has really taken on new significance in that light.

But my contribution isn’t some specific act I performed. I agree with Missy’s logic that it’s better to do good always, rather than to commit to a mere 26 acts of kindness, as thoughtful and symbolic as that gesture may be. And I don’t, quite frankly, go around writing about the things I do for others or that others do for me. Some of them, I can’t name here, and even by saying I can’t, I’m laying my foot on a boundary. Others are simple and simply done, and I have not yet done something that I feel would be inspiring to others if I wrote about it.

Still, I have something to say. In fact, I already said it, back before Christmas. (Then, I reposted it after I deleted my whole blog and had to restore from a point before that post was written; so if you feel you already commented on the post, but don’t see your remarks, don’t think you’ve been spammed. I just couldn’t resurrect the comments when I reposted. The post content is the same, as I was working from a Word file.)

What I have to say is this: My children have Asperger’s syndrome, and I’m furious about their being drawn into a debate about mental health and unmitigated violence. I’d be grateful if you’d follow the link above to my actual post from this one. Then, share the word. Share my post. Or better still, share the Autism Shines page on Facebook. It’s a community of people trying to counteract the damage done by the media in the wake of a tragedy. I believe it existed prior to the events in Newtown, but its importance is magnified by the things that happened on my birthday last year.Samdance

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Pay it Forward January — 9 Comments

  1. Oh Jessie. I think it sucks so badly what the outcry has been over this. I didn’t get into it on my post, because this wasn’t an editorial link up, but I share your feelings about how awful it is that Autism has been painted in such a terrible light since this. Hug to you. And thanks for linking up.
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  2. Hi, Jessie. I just wanted to let you know that I plan on linking back here on Sunday when I post my next weekly wrap up of “good things” I’ve found on the Internet this week. I like the idea of creating more awareness for autism and helping mobilize more supporters to help counteract the damage done these past few weeks. Hope you have a lovely week!
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    • I’ve never watched it – we only got a TV that could deal with HD signals in any way last year, and I don’t watch it. Never been a TV sort. I’ve heard pretty positive things, though 🙂

  3. My heart was so with you when I read that post, Jessie. I just shared it with my FB folks, because it needs to be shared. And I will keep sharing as you put more posts out like this one.
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