One of the pithy sayings around the house when I was growing up was that the road to hell was paved with good intentions.
In other words, you can dream all you like, you can intend all you like but that is only just the very first step in what may turn out to be a very long road.
As I grew older the next pithy saying that started to be bandied about was the observation that someone could talk the talk but not walk the walk. I think this is just a variation on a theme. Saying you are going to do something is pointless unless you actually DO the something.
So my life has been filled with doing.
My mother modeled how to walk the walk by volunteering for organizations she felt were deserving of her time and energy. My earliest memories are of her volunteering at the church, catering events, teaching at Sunday school (then volunteering me to do the same). Then she got involved with the Hospital Auxiliary and worked tirelessly for that organization, locally, regionally and provincially.
She taught kindergarten, then when schools absorbed kindergarten into the school curriculum, pre-school. If there was something needed doing, she pitched in. Helping establish the Child Development Centre for children needing assistance due to cerebral palsy or other issues. Getting behind the drive to establish a university here - the first in about 25 years to open in the country. And so many more.
My energies have been more focused on weaving - the doing of it, the teaching of it, the writing about it. I have been an active member of the local guild since the first day it was organized. I volunteered first by doing the newsletter, then moved through various other positions - library, workshops, programs, chair. And then started doing it all over again after a couple of decades.
I have chaired conferences, organized textile exhibits, sat on various organization boards.
Because good intentions are all well and good. But they don't actually accomplish anything.
One of the things I see on social media is that people seem to feel that if they share their concern (thoughts and prayers) or outrage (how can XYZ do this!) they have done all that is needed. But that's not how it works. That is just the first step. Outraged about something? Work towards change. Sending thoughts and prayers is a pretty empty sentiment when people are losing everything, up to and including their lives. Concerned about people fighting fire and flood? Donate to an organization who is boots on the ground.
There are so many areas that we as citizens need to work towards solving. In Canada we are not immune to this. We need to open our eyes. We need to - if necessary - open our wallets. We need to urge our governments to act, not mouth empty platitudes. Because that's all they are - words without action are just one more cobblestone in the road to hell.
For obligatory weaving content - I am over the 40 yard mark on this warp. Because intent without action accomplishes nothing. Show up. Do the work. Eat the elephant. Be the change you want to see. Set an example. Walk the walk.