It was a Wednesday afternoon. Riding shotgun in my car was a white 15-paneled Queen Anne window, the sixteenth entry in my “Dream Window” series of salvaged windows that become beautiful art.
My plans? Meet with the staff at Equinox, the Capital District charity dedicated to helping those who need help, aiding those who are in need of aid, and providing assistance whenever required. Equinox has a safe house for those who have suffered from spousal abuse and domestic abuse and other forms of abuse.
Well, this house has some new artwork. Courtesy of your man.
It’s like I’ve said in the past. I’ve been through the tragedies. I’ve been through the emotional abuse. I’ve suffered the physical abuse. But what can I do about it now? The abusers are either dead or thousands of miles away. I can’t undo their damage any more than one can un-break a plate.
But I can take my artistic visions and creativity and turn them into something positive. To offer hope when hope seems so far away. To give where giving hasn’t been always possible. To make sure that whatever damage and tragedy happened in my life… I won’t let it happen to others.
It’s not because of my abusers, it’s in SPITE of my abusers, that I try to provide something better in this world. I only get one shot, one orbit in this universe of life. Let’s make that one shot count. October may be Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but domestic violence does not stop after Halloween. Then again, neither does your chance to help in a time of need.
And with this, I want to encourage anybody who is able and has some free time on Thanksgiving morning to volunteer as a driver for Equinox’s Thanksgiving Day turkey dinner deliveries. If you’re able to courier some meals to those in need, or if you wish to make a donation to the cause, please contact Equinox at this link.
This is what we need to do as good people of this earth. We have the chance to make things better for our friends and our families and our community.
And in the end, that’s all that truly matters.