Turning “I Should, I Oughta” to “I AM”

 

Twang goes the heart string hearing of a single person or group of volunteers that made a meaningful difference. What often comes next is the quiet thought.... “I should volunteer more!” “I oughta do something too.”  
For many, while the heart calls, making a regular commitment is the problem.  With so many unpredictable things in life  or for those who relish freedom and the ability to be spontaneous,  heart call or not -  it’s not always simple.  
It doesn’t mean  caring and concern is any the less. There’s frequently silent applause that others “can” and “do”.   
There is, however, another way to become part of the meaningful difference makers in a way that may not be obvious.
Nurtured by media and the internet, it’s now “in our tissues” that it’s simply irresponsible  if  the lowest possible price  gets away from us. We’ve become desensitized to price shopping - accepting it as “normal”.  However, in the process, have we become complacent about the values upon which this country was built - about making a conscious choice that makes a profound difference to every community - where not everything was valued according to price?  
No.  Your name won’t appear in the media, you won’t be on stage accepting an award.  Nobody will know but you. Where time may not be yours to volunteer, and opening the purse strings may seem downright irresponsible consider this; investing in a local anything is the movement away from I should and I oughta to I AM, albeit indirectly. 
I AM working with a local person, I AM using a local service, I AM choosing to eat in a locally owned  restaurant and I am choosing a local shop means I AM making a difference.  
It can’t be said enough; choosing a local business pay wages of local people; the same people who need to pay for their kids to play, for the business to  contribute  to raise the roof over the outdoor rink, put a turkey on the table and all such things that make a community a community,
This country was built on neighbours helping neighbours to build thriving communities.  They understood keeping it local.  It was their survival and still is for communities across  this country.
Transforming I should or I oughta is only deciding to be able to say I AM choosing local first.
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