Thursday, August 28, 2014

Luxury to Worry about the Less Significant

Last Saturday I volunteered at Salt Lake City's Color Run. The happiest 5K on the planet. Volunteers splashed powdered color on runners wearing tutus, rainbow headbands, and striped socks. It was pretty incredible to watch.
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The run benefited two charities. Global Citizen - a movement, website, and app invested in ending extreme world poverty, and UN Women of Utah - an organization working to help women and children in a variety of ways including refugee services, eliminating prostitution, and advocating education for girls in Africa.

My friend, Nikki (pictured above) is the go-to girl for both. Years ago, through the International Refugee Committee, she connected me to a Sudanese family that I spent time with during my college years, helping them acclimate to a new life in the United States.

Saturday was the first time in years I've volunteered somewhere beyond math facts and reading at the elementary school. And it got me thinking. When I do have a little more time, as kids go to school and life cracks open a bit, how will I spend it?

My interest was piqued when a friend shared a FAIR talk with me, given by Sharon Eubank, director of LDS Charities. I thought it interesting that she was asked to talk on a subject unrelated (so I thought) to her work. A topic that has worn us out of late: women in the church.

I was so moved by her presentation, I wrote about it at Segullah today. She does a marvelous job explaining the LDS church's doctrine on gender and women, then pairs it with the idea of practice. Yes, sometimes there is a disconnect. 

Then she asks the question, how do we use our time? Where do we spend our intellectual curiosities? What do we worry about? Sometimes, she points out, we have the luxury of worrying about less significant things and we forget the bigger picture. Link to the video and transcript of her talk @ Segullah. Absolutely worth your time. Best thing I've heard on the issue yet.


  1. I used to volunteer at the IRC too...with a Bosnian family I loved. I think Nikki started there just after I left. It was such a great experience!

    1. That's awesome Em. Such a good experience. I long for more of that kind of interaction in my life. Maybe we're not too far off from it? :)


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