Happy people plan actions, they don't plan results. — Denis Waitley, author
Man plans and God laughs.— Yiddish proverb
Hello <<First Name>>,
It’s that time of year again...time to “spring forward” when we set our clocks ahead an hour this weekend. I guess that’s all the springing I’ll be doing for awhile yet, though. I'm writing this from my 6th week in bed in rehab following my bicycle accident at the end of January. I was told today that I shall be here for another two weeks, making this a total of an eight week saga.
The whole experience has been a good lesson in planning plans, not outcomes — both personally and for the Atlanta Hunger Relief Fund. For example, my accident occurred out of love for Arlene. I hadn't ridden a bike for 35 years and didn't have any intention to ride her bike that day. However she wanted to ride a bike and when we met up, I saw how exhausted she was so I volunteered to ride the bike back to where we were staying. I certainly was shaky getting on the bike and my balance wasn't that great, but I was determined that I was going to make it back. I planned to help out my wonderful wife.
The outcome was a different thing. I am reminded of the Yiddish proverb, “Man plans and God laughs.” My lack of reflexes on the bike probably caused me to turn into another bike and I fell badly on the cement road. Since then I have been in the hospital or rehab. I've been blessed with Arlene and my son Jed who both have been totally available for me. I've gotten many get well cards and calls which I really appreciate! And gradually I’m finding I have more patience with people. But it seems my life is on hold — except that I am really working in rehab to get better, and and I am getting stronger each day.
AHRF plans and update
Prior to this setback, I had planned to do a lot of work on the Atlanta Hunger Relief Fund this year. Given this turn of events, we shall see what the outcome will be…
I’m encouraged that despite my limited ability these past months, some donations have come in, bringing the total up to $183,681 raised since I started the fund. (Thank you!) I will have to rethink my plan to accommodate my decreased ability to work, but I will still keep my goal of getting the fund to $230,000 this year. I like to dream big!
As soon as I get home I will quickly try to catch up, and I’m hoping maybe you can help me with one of my plans while I am still in rehab: increasing my reach with social media.
Many of you who receive this newsletter are my Facebook friends. If you are willing to go to my AHRF Facebook page and “Like” it — and share my posts about hunger and the Atlanta Hunger Relief Fund on your own timeline — that could make a big difference! The more we increase awareness about the hunger issue here in Atlanta, the more help we can provide.