Do Things, Fight Gloom: Idea #1
Boost someone you know, right now, in any way.
It’s important to help people you don’t personally know, but your immediate sphere is important, too. Someone you know – a relative, friend, or coworker – is in desperate emotional need today.
They won’t let you know because it’s terrifying to admit that kind of vulnerability.
Maybe they’re anxious, depressed, or lonely. Maybe their job crushes their identity or they’re dating a lamprey. They might be contemplating suicide against their will.
Or maybe it’s something positive, and they’re right on the lip of a week-changing epiphany, and all they need is one little nudge of human contact.
Right now: Send a text. Invite someone out. Be awesome for a person you know, out of nowhere.
We cashed in the coins from the family donation bottle and gave the proceeds to the ACLU because:
- Let’s see if you can guess!
- A friend told me she had a glass bottle for coins, and once the coins were six inches deep, the bottle broke and there was a big mess of glass and coins on the rug. So we’re going to make smaller donations more frequently and keep the bottle intact.
Pro tip: Coinstar machines take a 10.9% service fee if you exchange coins for cash. But you can get 100% of your coins’ value if you exchange them for a gift card.
I got an Amazon gift card, knowing we’ll buy something there eventually. Our old AM/FM radio died, for example, and we need a new one so our dog Bones has music when we’re out of the house. (He likes Rewind 105.7: “The Best Variety of the 80s, 90s, and More”.) I can use the gift card on a radio and other stuff we’ll need from Amazon in the coming months, instead of using a credit card like usual, and then I can use the regular credit card to donate the coins’ full amount to the ACLU.
Long tip short, it’s a way to bypass the 10.9% service fee.
Now back to refilling that bottle.
The staredown lasted two full minutes. Bones vibrated tensely.
This was not Black Cat (acquitted suspect in the case of the frozen roll, though still closely monitored).
Nor was it the recently sighted Frizzy Cat (photo unavailable).
This was a mysterious third cat, which we have named Third Cat.