Last week I went to my first event by Amnesty International. It was a simple letter writing get-together. An organizer shows up with a three different areas of concern and we all write letters to someone in charge that can do something about it.
I was impressed by the organization of the content. There was enough background with each letter to give you the appropriate context. Some general bullet points helped you approach the problem, but not too much where you are just copying and pasting. It created an environment with the perfect amount of purpose and creativity.
It was a strange night for me. I was mentally blocked by the task for the first ten minutes. Honestly, the idea of writing with a pen and paper was very off-putting. But then, fifteen minutes later, I had written three one-page letters on three very different topics. Of course, this makes me feel better, but I'll never know for sure if the letters will matter in the end. I have a finite amount of time to give to others and I desire to spend it on things that matter. Maybe it's more than just the letter. Maybe just by doing it, I became more aware of these events in the world. Maybe, that seed will sprout somehow, someday.
Interested in doing the same? Find something you are passionate about and write a letter yourself Write for Rights.
Paul in Amsterdam.