Sunday, 25 March 2012

Taking Action


Some of my acquaintances over here can’t stop talking. They have an opinion on everything. Clear and simple. This veneer of knowledge usually drives me mad and I end up saying something really abrupt to stop them. Or I start speaking French in the middle of the conversation because I am tired of them lecturing me on French politics.
I was walking down the street this morning to buy my Sunday’s newspapers when I overheard this guy talking to his girlfriend.  I have no idea what they were talking about but the conversation was something along the following lines:
“- At the end of the day, it is all about planning.”
She didn’t say anything. He went on:
“- Someone even said, I believe, that it is not about what we do, it is how we do it.”
I hadn’t had my morning’s coffee yet and was probably in a foul mood. I almost stopped them because I wanted to tell her to dump him on the spot. Surely he can’t be the one. If my husband was patronising me with such generalities at 8am on a Sunday morning I would have divorced him a long time ago.
Call me stupid, but I think that actions speak louder than words and I am sick and tired of hearing the same old rubbish, despite the fact that it is always said with politeness and brilliance. Where does this love of words come from?
At some point, we need to act. I am no exception. I have talked about it, but I haven’t done it yet. So starting from today, I will act too. Let’s start small: I am now sponsoring a child with ActionAid. I don’t know the name of the child yet and the money will support the whole community. At this point in time I just know that the child I am sponsoring lives in Asia.
This is why I have also added Google Ads on my site. This blog was never designed to make money, but if it can help to sponsor a child or two I would be really happy and it would make a small difference.
So please click generously and I will keep you posted.
Thanks again for your support and your help!

20 comments:

  1. I sponsor a child in Kenya and it's awesome to get letters from him. My oldest is very keen to go and visit him in Kenya one day soon. I think that would be very cool. And very eye opening. Everyone should sponsor a child. Spread the word, sister! :)

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  2. Way to go Muriel! This is a great example for your own children also, and they will see firsthand that actions speak louder than words.

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  3. I agree Muriel
    Such a behaviour on a Sunday morning before your first cup of coffee is absolutely shocking
    Your husband must a well behaved / trained person .... Good to him

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  4. Thats a wonderful idea Muriel. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  5. Actions do speak louder than words . . . Will look forward to reading more about your sponsorship and wherever else those actions + words take you.

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  6. I would have put the phone down on him! I think it's great that you are sponsoring - I sponsor through action aid and having Gift, a little 10 year old in Malawi to think about is wonderful.

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  7. That's awesome! Love the idea!

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  8. I love being spurred into action by reminders like yours. Yikes! It's time to get my tail end off the couch for less talking, more doing. Toodles...

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  9. Haha ..you sound like me - getting ticked off about conversations you overhear! I just came back from dinner with my husband upset over stuff I heard another couple talking about - at their table! My husband is amused by me reactions...
    Great idea about the ads - I'll be clicking your ads as often as I can !

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  10. Hi Muriel, I think it's great that you have decided to sponsor a child and that you are spreading the word! Let's hope it will encourage more people to do the same. I have been following your blog for the last six months or so and I love it - but I'd rather hear about your life than other people's conversations or divorce papers! Less judgment and more Muriel please!! :_)

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  11. Fabulous Idea Muriel. Sometime we need to act, words are good but if not followed by actions, they are just like the wind, they pass and things stay the same.
    You will see sponsoring a child is an interesting and beautiful journey. All the best!

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  12. Good to him indeed... If only I could see him more!

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  13. Once again, it seems that you are ahead of me Marie. I am really looking forward to this journey!

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  14. Thanks for your support, Ally76. I Am really excited about sponsoring this child. His name is Suresh -I have received a pic.
    Thanks for reading my blog. I don't judge, I just find it hard to believe what I see and hear from time to time.

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  15. Thanks for your support Corinne, and I am glad I am not the only one getting upset over such stuff.

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  16. Good luck to you then. Keep me posted. Oh, and I believe that the small things matter...

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  17. In this country, words seem to speak louder than actions. I am not sure why.
    I have already received a picture of his name -Suresh from India and we are over the moon.

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  18. Thanks for your support, Jennifer. I am really looking forward to the journey.

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  19. Thanks for your kind words Elizabeth. I am really looking forward to the journey!

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  20. As always you are ahead of me....I am really looking forward to the journey. Thanks for your support!

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