DO52: Crystal Clear

You know the way solving a hangman puzzle is harder to do with only one letter revealed than it is when you have two or three?

Well, sometimes the same is true of DO52.

DO52 is, in a sense, a puzzle. You select your weekly verb from our collection and then spend the week seeking to understand what you can learn or gain by doing what it suggests.

Sometimes, though interpreting the verb is harder to do when it stands alone. Life is moving along in such a way that the chosen verb, when by itself, doesn't provide enough context. It doesn't speak to you.

That happened to me two weeks ago with the verb REQUEST.

So last week I selected another verb – EXCITE – and all of a sudden the verb REQUEST came into sharper focus and took on new meaning.

My attention immediately moved to a request that I have been excited to make, but, because of time, have been putting off.

It was the request for dimes.

Over the summer Matthew and Jack made small bowls at a pottery studio so we could request that select family and friends fill them with dimes. You see, we make an annual donation of dimes to a local Rotary Club and each year we get more and more ambitious about the size of the jar we are hoping to fill. When we designated our new jar last spring,we quickly determined that the only way we would be successful this year is if we requested help. For more background to our annual donation, click here.

So we used last week to ship off bowls to four friends who we knew would be excited about pitching in.

The boys were also excited to make a request of their classmates, so last week the combination of DO52 verbs prompted me to finally make arrangements with their teachers for a date when each of them can make presentations in class.

Would I be pushing it if I made one more request?

If you have a small bowl and you're willing to participate, we'd be really excited. Once it's full, contact me and I'll tell you where to send your dimes.

And, call it fate or call it a coincidence, but I just drew next week's verb and it's…

FILL!

I don't think the message gets any clearer than that!

Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director

Posted on 9/8/14 10:00 am by Claudia Beeny in: Home & Crafts,Inspiration
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