Monday, November 21, 2005

Walking For A Cause

This past weekend was the 18th annual Help The Homeless Walk here in DC. It has been a long time since I've done any walks, sit-ins, shut-ins or any type of physical activity for a worthy cause. The last time that I took a stand or walked for something was back in college in 1992. It felt good to do something for a good cause this weekend. I was invited by a friend of mine who works for Fannie Mae (The sponsors) and although I didn't see her I was in the good company of my special lady, Ntshiuwa. I found out that she can walk waaaaaay faster than me even though my legs are longer.
The weather was nice and cool and the walk was liberating. I think that it kicked me into my 2nd phase of being an activist in my community. It's not out of guilt or lack of charitable contributions to the daily panhandler. I just want to help in any way that I can. It was good exercise too. **smile**

12 comments:

Groove said...

Don't things like that always make you "Feel Good"

Wishing you the best this Holiday Week!

chele said...

Realizing that there are causes bigger than ourselves is always liberating. Good for you. Enjoy the holiday!

Stephen Bess said...

groove-
Thanks for stopping by and have a great holiday week as well.

chele-
You are soooo right. It's not all about us as individuals is it. It's about the greater good. Enjoy your holdiay as well. I'll have to stop by and check your blog. Thanks for stopping by.

tryphina said...

Great job Stephen!! I have even more respect for you now that publicly admitted your lady walks faster than you :) She is a very lucky lady.

Have a great weekend, and give thanks for everything :)

S

Stephen Bess said...

Tryphina-
Thank you for your compliment. I feel lucky myself. Yes, the lady can step! She spared me though and cooled her jets so that I could keep up without running. :)

JenellyBean said...

Good for you Stephen.
We all need to take a moment and do something for those less fortunate.

God Bless

Unconquerable Soul said...

For me, helping other heals my soul! I'm happy you had that experience... walks are always some good exercise, LOL! And walking for the Homeless is a GREAT CAUSE!

Keep on Pushin!

Stephen Bess said...

Jenellybean-
God bless you too. :)

Unconquerable Soul-
I like the fact that you referred to it as healing your soul. It was healing. It's very easy to become jaded and disconnected living in a major city. It's important to stay focused and concentrate on the needs of others when at all possible. Thanks for that.

sabbath day's journey said...

Yay! Stephen the activist! I'm likin' this side of you. Good stuff. This is just the kind of thing thing that's good for the heart and the soul. Keep doing you...

Peace,
Michele

Georgiapeach said...

Good for you. Be proud of yourself man!

Stephen Bess said...

Michele,
Thank you for that encouragement. I feel that being active and conscious in the community is important. I'm trying to get out of the mode of just talking and actually doing. I think that I am getting there.

georgiapeach,
Thank you! I am proud of myself. I literally tried to put my Bess foot forward. :)

nikki said...

that's awesome! i'm so glad the activist bug has bitten you. i'm sure you'll find the way in which to be most affective. good luck with it!

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