Want a true life Goddesses Anonymous story? Very, very anonymous?
From MarloThomas.com. Thirty years ago nine women decided to do their own laundry and use the money they saved from sending it out to help people in need. They paid utility bills for those who couldn’t afford it, they dropped off food for people who were having a hard time, they gave gifts to pick up the spirits of those who were grieving.
And everything they did was anonymous. No one ever knew who had done these unexpected acts of kindness — not even their husbands. Yes, for thirty years these nine nanas cooked and delivered meals, drove through low income communities looking for people in need, reached out to friends, neighbors, and strangers, and their husbands had no idea what they were doing. I know, either their husbands were idiots or these nine nanas should be working for the CIA.
When the husbands finally did discover their secret, they pitched in as well. And their children became consultants, advising them on how to start a successful bakery business to make money for their ever expanding projects (here’s their website if you want some delicious pound cake).
The next time you’re in a conversation with someone who loudly laments the terrible acts of violence and prejudice in our world, I hope you’ll inspire them with the story of the 9 Nanas. Then discuss ways both of you can build on their kindness and generosity.
Do you know anyone who might be a 10th Nana?