Monday, January 5, 2009
Mondays Matter and a GIVEAWAY!
Today I am starting a new feature titled "Mondays Matter". I am going to be featuring ideas from a book I recently purchased. I will also be giving away a copy of that book to one of you! So, read on.....
This book is published by a fabulous website called Simple Truths http://www.simpletruths.com/index.asp. I receive their newsletter and find it well worth my time to read through or watch a short video clip. This is what they have to say about the book...
It all started with a piece of trash...
Matthew Emerzian, a successful music industry executive in Los Angeles, was walking back to his office with a co-worker one afternoon in 2004 when he stopped to pick up a plastic fountain drink cover from the sidewalk and put it in a nearby garbage bin.
“My co-worker quickly asked me what I was doing,” Emerzian recalled. “I explained what I thought to be the obvious, but apparently I was wrong.” To the co-worker, litter simple belonged to the litterer, not to the population as a whole.
“I explained to him that litter and pollution are everyone's problem not just the person who couldn't find the trash can for their cup lid. He profoundly responded with 'Dude, you're weird.'”
Emerzian, now 38, walked back to his office both angry and sad.
“I couldn't believe that someone could remove themselves so far from the greater good of our world.”
Matt began to think, 'what if everyone in the country picked up one piece of litter on the same day.' Or 10 pieces! The math was easy, yet so powerful. He then began to think of a few other easy things that 300 million Americans could do to make a difference.
From this, a great idea was born. He called his friend, Kelly Bozza, and told her that he wanted to write a book about how all of us can make a difference with our lives. Within a week, they had over 100 items on their list and were ready to start writing.
Their book, titled Every Monday Matters...52 Ways to Make a Difference, has sold 120,000 copies. It is both powerful and thought-provoking. The ideas are simple - small acts that collectively add up to an enormous impact for the greater good. It's 144 pages with lots of illustrations - chocked full of big ideas.
Doesn't this book just sound fabulous?! I am so excited to share it with you. Every Monday I will share one of their 52 ideas and let you know what I or my family is doing to make a difference. I realize I probably won't be able to accomplish all 52 ideas, but the point is to MAKE A DIFFERENCE and that is what I am hoping to do. Won't you make a difference with me?
So, now the best part....YOU CAN WIN YOUR OWN COPY! As a side note...I am not doing this as a favor to Simple Truths, or because they gave me a free product...I am doing this on my own to be a part of MAKING A DIFFERENCE. I will also add a reusable shopping bag with the book. Shamelessly, the bag will have my husband's company on it! :) So, just leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS by Monday, January 12 at 11:59 PM. I will pick one winner through Random.org and let the winner know via email. If I don't hear back from the winner by the next Monday, I will choose another winner.
I look forward to sharing this experience with you! Let me know what you are doing to make a difference!