Normally, Bar Talk is going to concentrate on shenanigans, snark and shade revolving around the worlds of sports, pop culture and entertainment. Lots of clowning and crazy talk. Like in a bar. And as those in the industry know, talking about race, religion and politics is a bar no-no - so we'll stay MOSTLY true to that. But in light of recent tragic events in Texas, Florida, Mexico, India, Puerto Rico and now Las Vegas, we wanted to strike a more serious and humble tone, and talk about something that means a lot to us here at Behind the Bar...
Society moves fast. So often people are caught up in their own worlds, dealing with their own problems, trying to get as much done as possible, as quickly as possible. People rush to work. People rush to pick up the kids. People rush to get dinner prepared or picked up. Etc. Etc. All the rushing causes people to lose sight of what's going on around them, and as society turns into more of a rat race, individuals somehow become more single minded in focus trying to deal with the multitasks at hand.
But every so often, we are faced with modern tragedies so enormous in scope, that it forces us to stop for a moment, think about the devastation, and challenge ourselves to not only consider the hardships of others but to lend a helping hand.
Mother Nature has been hard hitting and lasting with her devastation lately, attacking both swiftly and methodically without prejudice towards her victims. Meanwhile, we as a society have been forced to face the stark havoc and destruction an act of terror can create in one of our U.S. cities.
As usual people have risen to the occasion, in the face of such tragedy, and found ways to give back (from money to clothing to blood) and lend a helping hand. It is a wonderful thing.
It is important to keep an open heart and mind to the tragedies and issues that people face on a regular basis, not just when big news headlining catastrophes strike.
In our global communities there are always wars, outbreaks, food and water shortages, natural and man made disasters.
In our local communities there are always animals in distress, impoverished and malnourished children, elderly sick and shut ins; all of whom could use our time, efforts and donations.
Every single minute of every single day, there are people hurting, crying, and even too proud to ask for the help they so desperately need. And its time that we stop waiting until the next major tragedy or some silly internet challenge to dedicate some of our time, our efforts, and ourselves to being that helping hand.
You can always give!!!!
It doesn't always have to be money, but if you have it, why not give? But you can give items and goods. You can give time and volunteer hours. You can give love, the greatest gift of all, especially in our communities that we come from or live in but so often forget about in the course of living our busy lives.
Bar Talk is using this opportunity, not to introduce ourselves but our mission.
To give back.
We want to encourage people to pick a cause or an issue and champion it like you do your favorite terrible sports team, lifelong recording artist or celebrity icon that doesn't know you from a can of paint.
Dedicate yourself to being a face at your local school or elderly community. Join a volunteer group that does great work in the community, raising funds or awareness for social issues or combatting deadly diseases. Donate clothing or canned goods to shelters. Adopt an animal that needs a home and someone to love em.
Be somebody that contributes to the greater good and embraces the role we are all privileged to have as agents of change, at a time when so many desire change but don't do anything to acquire it. I hear people ask, what can I do? Do what you always do when you have a question.
Google that shit!!!!
Figure it out. There is so much information, so many resources, and such a plethora of opportunity to find something that fits your schedule, budget and personality. So just do it!
It's a crazy time, folks. I'm sure I don't need to go into that. And there are things beyond our control, that we can't do much to change at this time. But there are also opportunities around us every single day to make our communities better places, and touch the lives of people that we can see benefit from our actions.
So be a part of the culture of giving, whatever that may be. It might be time. It might be money. It might just be a helping hand in the right place at the right time. But now is the time to do something. So do something!
Because its the right thing to do and now is the time to do it!
Charlotte transplant Frank Walton III, known by his close friends as Phillie Frank is a native of Philadelphia, PA.