You've heard about Paul Revere, but have you heard of William Dawes? According to Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point", both men strapped on their boots and made the same ride to alert the New England colonists the British were coming, but Paul Revere's ride became history and William Dawes' ride faded in oblivion. In his book, Gladwell speculates the reason for this. Revere was a connector. He was involved in many different social, political and business circles; his local church, the Masonic club, the pub where he met with underground patriots weekly, in addition to political and business groups that took him away from town often. Because he had so many connections, he knew who to alert as he rode through the towns on that night in April 1775. He was able to help more people and prompt the young Americans to begin the battle for their freedom. As I consider the upcoming Veterans Day and the great sacrifices that were made for our country, I want to say thank you by strapping on my boots and doing some good in return.
Because serving in the military is highly unlikely for me at this point, I'm looking for other ways to use my knowledge and skills to give back. Isn't funny how when you open your mind to new possibilities, a door opens? Call it the law of attraction or a signal the universe. As soon as I thought about ways to branch out, to be involved with different groups, I received two calls. One was from the Jordan School District, who asked me to serve on the Advisory Board for Clothing, Fashion and Textile classes and the other was to donate time and services to the Cancer Rehabilitation Center, (who is holding an event on November 20th btw).
There are many different wars to battle that may or may not include riding through the night on horseback. I have been inspired by some remarkable clients who serve and are involved in so many different ways. What a great time of year to reflect on what we have, who we are, and what we have to give. It may be donating food and clothing to the homeless, reading to children at your elementary school, digging deep to serve family, or it may be using your talents and knowledge to benefit others in the community. How about you? In what ways are giving back in this month when we honor our veterans and give thanks?
Image consultant and personal stylist. Dani is happily married, the mother of 3 hip kids, and owner of an young pup named Josie Wales.