I was watching the "DIY SOS - The Big Build" programme on TV last night. It reminded me of my favourite Christian worship song (click here to listen to it www.youtube.com/watch).
Now - I try not to force my religious beliefs on you via my blog (someone once said it is better to see a sermon instead of hearing it). However, if there is one thing I try to do on here it is speak out against things I don't agree with in the world.
I realise I am privileged to have an audience for my ramblings. I also realise (through speaking to my friends) that I have got it a lot easier than some people. Incidentally, I am trying to pluck up the courage to ask one of my friends if I can share her story with you - her life at the moment seems to be one big battle after another.
Back to the point.
If you don't know what "DIY SOS" is - it is a TV programme where a crowd of builders and volunteers descend on the house of someone who has been nominated - and promptly do it up for them. The house is usually not in a fit state for their needs to start with due to disability or sudden (usually terminal) illness affecting one or more resident.
"Big Builds" are where they take on massive projects - in this case renovating condemned houses for ex-Service personnel to move into.
The selfless generousity shown by the tradespeople who give up their time and effort to get the job done (and some of the stories they give as reasons) is really heartwarming.
I could say it is the "Big Society" in action - but I don't actually believe it is. I just believe it is a group of people who hear about someone who is worse off than them and - decide to throw them a ladder to help them out of the hole they are in.
I have said this before but there is more to making life easier for someone than just liking a Facebook protest, or signing a petition, and forgetting about it.
Go and speak to someone - but make sure you really listen to them when they tell you about the challenges they face - and act on what they tell you not what you think you are hearing them say.
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