Saturday, December 21, 2013

Joining Hands for a Better World: 12.21.13

On December 3, I set out on a pre-Christmas challenge — to post a tip a day we can collectively follow with the goal of making the world a better place. 

Today’s suggestion: Wrap it in a Map

Remember these?

Before GPS, or Google Maps and smartphones, paper maps were what one used to navigate from here to there. 

States still print them and give them away at rest stops. Sometimes the governor and his wife appear on the cover, welcoming tourists to the state and urging them to visit the many attractions listed on the back. AAA dispenses them free of charge as part of the membership package, but most people under a certain age just don't need them any more. 

Paper maps are awkward to use, hard to fold up, and, for anyone with motion sickness, impossible to read while riding.

You have to admit though, they are a thing of beauty. Discovery of one of these when cleaning out a desk drawer is bound to stir up memories of a past road trip.  

Although they’ve been replaced by a talking phone, they are too nice to throw away.

Turn them into gift wrap instead.

Choose a map with meaning for the person to whom you are giving the gift.

It's easier to wrap a package than it is to refold a map… 

The photo doesn't do the package justice…

Why buy more gift wrap as long as you have maps in your glove compartment?

That’s it for today. “See” you tomorrow.

“All together now,” as the Beatles once sang. Let’s see how much good we can do over the next few weeks.

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