Doing It For the Goosebumps

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

Meditations in Motion

I live in a farming community.

Southeastern Pennsylvania is a land of gently rolling green hills planted in corn, soy, barley, and yes, still some tobacco. “Bucolic” is a good word to describe the countryside.

Farms around here are mostly family-owned and postage-stamp-sized, unlike the behemoth wheat farms of the Midwest.

Dairy farms are the most common but orchards, hog farms, goat farms, and truck farms (farms that raise produce for sale at the market) also dot the land. And egg farms.

In the county just to our north, an egg farmer, Josh Zimmerman, used to sell his eggs in bulk to school cafeterias, cruise ships, restaurants, and hotels. In fact, Zimmerman had an 80,000-hen cage-free flock producing approximately 60,000 eggs every day.

Look at the first sentence in the last paragraph.

You understand the problem.

Cruise ships, schools, hotels, and restaurants have mostly been closed, but the hens kept producing eggs, as hens do.

Because he typically sold his eggs in liquid form, Zimmerman did not have the proper equipment to wash, sort, and box his eggs for sale to grocery stores.

Zimmerman stored the liquid eggs in the freezer as long as he could, hoping for a miracle, but when his storage space ran out, he knew he had to begin slaughtering his hens, an emotionally and financially devastating proposition.

And that’s when the miracle occurred.

It came in the form of Timi Bauscher, owner of a nearby farm market selling dairy products and eggs.

Bauscher offered to sell Zimmerman’s eggs at $10 for a five-dozen flat. Not a bad price for fresh, cage-free eggs.

Zimmerman was skeptical. The market was tiny, but Bauscher was determined and she knew how to use social media.

She posted Zimmerman’s plight on Facebook and Instagram. Her post soon went viral. On the first day of the egg sale, traffic snarled and the egg sale soon had to relocate to a bigger venue.

Withing a week, with help from volunteers, mostly girl scouts and some local women, she sold 18,000 dozen eggs. That number has now risen to between 22,000 and 25,000 dozen eggs per week. Her typical sales before the partnership were around 80 dozen.

Some customers buy the eggs for personal consumption and some donate the flats of eggs to local food pantries.

It’s a win for everyone involved, especially the chickens.

Meditations in Motion

When six-year-old Allison Winn developed childhood cancer, she named it “The Stink Bug” because she wanted to crush it.

After enduring the suffering, pain, chemo, and “just plain awfulness” associated with her disease, she adopted a puppy, Coco, from the Prison-Trained K-9 Companion Program as a friend to help her through some rough times.

When she got better, she realized other children going through a similar ordeal could benefit from canine companionship too so she set to work selling homemade dog treats and lemonade to raise money.

She eventually raised enough cash to adopt a black Lab for a child with a brain tumor.

Now, 10 years and hundreds of adoptions later, the Stink Bug Project is still pairing rescued dogs with seriously ill children free of charge.

The name of the original black Lab? Lucky Bug.

Coincidence? You decide.

The point of the stories is this: one person can make a difference.

One person’s acts of bravery, kindness, and compassion matter. One person’s example can produce ripples that keep spreading long after the original act has been forgotten.

It doesn’t have to be big; it can be a minor act of caring, courage, or generosity. Make some face masks and distribute them, volunteer to help students around the world practice their English, check on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly, donate some pizzas to your local police department, put a box of (sealed) goodies next to your front door and encourage delivery people to help themselves, gift someone toilet paper, heck, post a positive inspirational message on social media rather than something divisive.

In the words of Timi Bauscher, “You have to remember if you’re not doing things in your life that give you goosebumps, you’re doing it wrong.”

What can you do today to give yourself some goosebumps?

 

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86 comments

  1. awe what a terrific story and reminder to try. Try to do the right thing. Try to solve a problem. Try to come up with answers.
    I used to live in Annapolis, and came up to a guild in West Chester often, are you near there? LeeAnna

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  2. Oh this post gave me goosebumps – especially the chooks and how one person’s actions have saved that farmer from having to make the worst decision possible.

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  3. Oh, what good news stories you have shared here, Laurie! When I belonged to the Episcopal church, we had a group of women known as Daughters of the King. Part of the credo stated: I am only one, but I am one. The insinuation? One person can and will make a difference in the life of others, no matter how insignificant that gesture might seem or feel at the time. These are the true heroes in the every day, not thinking that their oneness won’t make a difference. It certainly has!
    Blessings!

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  4. I love your encouragement, Laurie. It’s so important at a time like this to do our part, no matter how small. If we all seize the opportunities that are before us, we can make a huge difference.

    Enjoy those beautiful rolling hills! Sounds like bliss to me!

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  5. This is an inspirational post Laurie. Amazing, all these people and they make me feel like a slacker just a little. I guess I would concede my 5K benefited some, but that was not my own idea … I’d best put my thinking cap on!

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  6. After a long and difficult day, I will think about this post as I wind down, and I will smile and give thanks. I think that Creativity, including creative thought and actions are gifts from our Creator. This post is a great example of that, imo. Thanks and blessings. And I have shared it on my Facebook page. Michele

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  7. Wow! I don’t think I do anything that gives me goosebumps and can’t even think where to start! But I can do positive things and little things – and I share a lot of positivity on my blog’s FB page every day – that’s my little way of bringing some light + my blogging – I think every positive blog post we write is a little beam of sunshine sent into the interwebs (to help counter all the dark stuff). Lovely post Laurie x

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  8. Love that egg story. And Timi Bauscher’s quote at the end.
    You are right, there are so many things we can do.
    Today I am starting a course on how to provide first aid for people with mental health emergencies. I hope it will be useful.

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  9. Being a Girl Scout troop leader (and knowing first-hand how powerful these girls are) their involvement in the first story makes me proud! They’re both incredible stories and definitely show what an impact one person can have in the world. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I had read about the egg story – what a great thing for everyone involved! You are right – one person can make a difference. Just being willing to do something to help in a situation can have so many good consequences 🙂

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  11. Oh, that I would depend upon the One Who knows all and orchestrates all when I allow Him the baton. Thank you for encouraging my heart and soul this morning. Bless you for sharing these great and powerful stories. ~ linda

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  12. Your words and stories never fail to encourage me, Laurie. I’m so glad the hens were saved … what a wonderful way to solve an unexpected problem. I will be thinking about what might give me goosebumps as I go about my day…

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    • I am glad you enjoyed it, Lois. I love a good heartwarming story! You have a lot going on in your life right now to give you goosebumps with a graduating senior! 🙂

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  13. I loved this…and its outcome….what a winner this is.I have noticed small actions becoming big ones here in Australia too. It started with the bushfires way before COVID when a lady on twitter noticed that people had nowhere to shelter or live when their places had been destroyed. On the other side, she saw people wanting to help and began, via twitter (social media for GOOD) #findabed It has continued into COVID times and she is now helping source accommodation for essential workers who want to stay close to work and not travel home in case they being COVID with them

    Look for the good!

    Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. Next week the optional prompt is 21/51 Self-Care Stories. #3. 25.5.2020 But I will take the chance to add another chapter in Telling My Story. Hope to see you there too. Denyse.

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    • Thank you, Denyse. I loved reading about these stories too. Thanks for sharing the #findabed story. That is a great one too! Thank you for hosting. See you next week.

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  14. What great stories! Inspiration….and humbling. We can all make a difference – I just wonder if I am making my difference? Things to think about –

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    • Thank you. The people in these stories ARE humbling, aren’t they? They make me want to be a better person. I am sure you make a difference. Sometimes we don’t see the difference we make on others’ lives.

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  15. This is a fantastic post and reminded me of our superintendent’s graduation speech, from last year. He spoke about the butterfly effect and how simple things can cause great change. Thank you for linking up and have a great weekend.

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