I’m keeping it short this year and, thanks to my oldest son, sweet.
Sometimes, maybe we just need to see things through the eyes of a 7-year-old.
In this case, a 7-year-old who was standing in the toy aisle with his hard-earned allowance, contemplating how much he had to spend.
He had already noted that the trademarked Legos cost more than the ‘regular’ sets because, as he pointed out, “they have to split the profits three ways: George Lucas, Lego, and Target.”
Yes, son. You’re right.
Now, he was adding up the prices on the smaller sets he had selected. The total came to about $16, and he had $20 to spend.
His younger brother tried to add a Lego minifigure ($2.99) to the pile, but Sam stopped him.
“Ben,” he said, “We have to leave enough to pay taxes.”
When a 5-year-old’s protest started, Sam responded, “Who do you think pays for the sidewalk you ride your scooter down? Or the library where you check out those Captain Underpants books? We all do.”
True that, second-grade wisdom.
To close out Inspiration Week, here is a list of some tidbits that I’ve been hanging onto, which I’m hoping you might find uplifting, as we embrace (or at least, stumble through) this new year. Of course, I’m crowdsourcing, too–please share your inspirations (images, quotes, facts) for 2014, too!
- Study finds that students learn more from non-tenure track professors–affirmation, for me, of my decision not to pursue my PhD and full-time academic life
- From Bolder Advocacy, Lobbying Lessons from Diana Nyad (who is an inspiration herself)
- Missouri advocates for tax and budget equity sustained Governor Nixon’s veto of a drastic tax cut bill last summer, and now they’re gearing up for campaigns for progressive revenue policies in Missouri, with messages about how we get the government (and services) we’re willing to fund–awesome.
- Building Movement Project’s invigorated blog, mostly written by the dynamic (and generous and kind) Executive Director, Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, which had this post on direct service organizations using the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (and associated outreach) as an opportunity for movement-building. A thousand times, yes.
- Bolder Advocacy’s continued, exemplary, essential efforts to support nonprofit advocacy, like this ‘checklist’ for community foundations to assess their support for advocacy
- MomsRising’s incredible advocacy–here, there’s so much to love: the identification of a somewhat unlikely advocacy target (the Department of Labor, on pay gaps) and action request (better data with which to understand the scope of the pay gap problem)
We’re going to need them!