Thursday, April 5, 2012

Engagement




During his third year of law school, my husband proposed to me in the basement of his parents’ house.  After his intramurals football team, “The Big Subpoenas” (hey, it was better than “The Throbbing Subpoenas”), won their league championship – something he considered a good sign - he got down on one knee and presented me with a beautiful solitaire diamond ring.  My excitement was only tempered by the fact that he was still more excited about winning the all-important flag football trophy than he was about our now-commenced nuptials planning period, otherwise known as our “engagement”.  Me?  I was just happy that after 5 years I was finally engaged to the man and on my way to becoming a kept woman.

As much fun as it was to plan for my wedding, I have to say I’m glad I have only had to do it once (Of course, if I were to ever get married again I would just go to Vegas.  The only planning required there will be deciding if I play the slots or the craps table.  But, I digress, and, don't worry dear, I have no plans whatsoever to get married again). 

Wait, that’s not the type of “engagement” that I want to talk about today.  What I want to discuss (well, write about.  You can then offer feedback in the comments section therefore leading to a type of discussion…) is the importance of becoming “engaged” in your community. 

I suppose “engage” is an antonym to “apathy”.  When one is apathetic, he doesn’t care about what is going on around him.  He has no opinion about his surroundings or his fellow humans or his life in general.  Boring

But, to be engaged?  Ahhhh, THAT is living.  Conversations with your loved ones about even the most mundane things can bring a smile to your face.  Reading the newspaper to learn about local cultural or political events can provide enlightenment to an otherwise lackluster week.  Attending a local sporting event can get the adrenaline flowing as you cheer for the hometown team.  Volunteering for a committee can provide you the opportunity to lend your voice and ideas to help improve the overall quality of life for you and your neighbors.

Engagement:  how YOU can make a difference in the world around you.

What are some ways you get involved in your local community?  What is your favorite local pastime?

6 comments:

  1. Being engaged is a lot of work. Some days... entirely too much. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.

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    1. Yes, it definitely requires a committment! But it's worth it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Hi, great post, encouraging thought. I try to remain engaged in whatever is going on, so that I am a part of it. I love being involved in other people's lives as concerns interaction. I am outgoing, and love people. Thanks for the post. Best regards to you, Ruby PS. trying to visit as many as I can this month. Next month I will revisit those I really enjoyed the most.

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    1. Well I certainly hope you stop by again! Thanks!

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  3. Well, we haven't done it lately, but my kids and I try to visit a few nursing homes every month. We visit with some of the elder guest who don't have family to visit. We also bring magazines and candy (we ask first about the candy before we give it out.) My grandmother used to take me with her to visit "the old people" as she called them. Of course she failed to notice that she was as old as many of them, but she was still driving.

    Oh, my ex-husband and I got engaged during our third year of law school. We divorced five years later for less than a year and remarried (Vegas) then divorced again fourteen years later.

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  4. Melissa, I'm so glad you've continued your grandmother's tradition! I know many people are blessed by your visits with your children.
    I'm sorry it just didn't work out with your ex - at least you can say you honestly tried....

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