by Deb Rox
Blogger Suebob Davis turns 50 years old today. In honor of her mid-century milestone, she wrote 50 different posts highlighting 50 causes and charities that have meaning to her and the people in her life. She said:
I am featuring a different charity every day for 50 days leading up to my 50th birthday to give you plenty of chances to get involved. I started on May 18. I wanted to give a voice to different good works around the globe. If you ARE inspired to take action, please leave me a comment and let me know that you did. This is all I want for my birthday – to spread some love and kindness. One thousand thanks.
Her 50 for 50 series manages to construct and share a narrative of her life filtered through the good work she's done and the good people she knows. She emphasized another of Jung's tasks of aging by defining the meaning we find when we dissolve the stronghold of our egos by focusing on others. And in doing so she serves as a sage guide for her readers, suggesting paths towards service that will advance their own hero's journey. Brilliant, right?
I hope that among the outcomes for Suebob was a transitional phase of reflection for herself and a huge sense of accomplishment. She is an incredible person who deserves only the best. Jung would agree, I just know it. It fact, he'd be like "Damn, girl. Way to rock your own croning. You are my kind of archetype!"
In honor of Suebob's birthday, I've made a donation to Planned Parenthood. It was hard to select a cause from her list, and I was tempted to choose Amnesty International as she and I share a history of letter writing and support for that great organization. But PP is particularly under assault as of late, and you can easily donate to them with a credit card on their site. I gave to the national umbrella organization, but you could alternatively designate your gift to go to a particular local program if you would like.
Happiest of birthdays, Suebob. I can't wait to read your 100 for 100 series. I imagine it will be remarkable!