Angels of Dallas: Spotlight on Laura Bush

It doesn’t matter where you live, where you are right now is your platform for being the angel of your intentions.

I use to be a rebel of sorts, not outwardly, but inwardly. Regretfully, for a good portion of my life, I led a self-centered and self-serving life and can I can tell you from experience that there is no gratification in it. Many people who have reached high levels of fame and wealth will tell you the same. It doesn’t equate to happiness. Some people are fortunate in that they learn at an early age or possibly just instinctively know that the sweet spot in life comes from giving selflessly. I’d like to shine a light on some of the inspirational ladies that do this. Not because they need or would even want the recognition, but because they can inspire us to be better where we stand — because we know that when we feel the warmth in our hearts for them as we read their stories that we can feel the same for ourselves when we act on behalf of others.

When I thought about shining a spotlight on some angels in my hometown of Dallas, the first person I thought of was Laura Bush. When she was in the White House I always liked her quiet grace. The way she went about her work for children’s causes with a sweet smile and a geniune kindness behind her eyes. In this day and age, I love and am inspired by women who can be strong and get the job done, but at the same time keep their soft feminine side intact, nurturing others rather than bulldozing their agendas.

Laura Bush focuses her attention on women’s and children’s causes such as health, literacy and education. Her four major causes are Ready to Read, an early childhood program focused on younger children; The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy; Take Time For Kids, a campaign concentrating on parenting and the education of parents and caregivers; and Reach Out and Read, a reading curriculum. She also developed the Family Literacy Initiative whose objective is to persuade parents to read with their children. Another of her personal achievements is the Texas Book Festival, in which she uses the funds raised to donate to public libraries. This year, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries announced that 241 school libraries are being awarded $1,086,926 in grants for 2011. Each of the schools will receive grants of up to $5,000 to expand, update and diversify their library book collections.

I hope that this inspires you as it does me. If you ever wonder, how or where to get started, just look around you. There is need everywhere — just dig in anywhere! Have a blessed day.

Sandy Munnerlyn Bell


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