Every Day is a gift

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
-The Dalai Lama
 
My friend Sandy just returned from a humanitarian vacation in Honduras.  She went with a group of friends from her church; not only to spread the good word, but to help clothe, feed and put shoes on tiny feet that have none.  She sent pictures.  They made me cry.  The utter poverty that these people endure is heartwrenching.  and yet … the children are smiling.  Sandy wrote: "I had some baby wipes that I took with me and the kids absolutely loved them.  They loved cleaning their faces, arms and this little girl loved cleaning her toes!  She is wearing a bracelet that we helped her make.  I also had lotion with me that the kids just loved.  Boys and girls alike kept coming back for me to give them more.   She wore sunglasses; the kids wanted to wear them too.  " The kids loved our sunglasses and would beg us to let them wear them."  Many little luxeries that we take for granted everyday meant so much to these children that have none.  "Me (scary after painting and sweating all day)(she does not look scary, in fact she is glowing, not with sweat but pure happiness) and some of the kids at the nutrition center.  The boy in the pink shirt is 11 years old and works from 6 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon doing whatever he can to raise money for his family.  He bonded with Robert who played one on one soccer with him for a long time.  We gave him some new shoes and he did not want to get them dirty so he would not wear them to play in." 
Now I ask you, does she look scary?  NO, no she does not.  She looks like an angel to me.
By the way, I did not get permission to use her words and photos … oh well.
 
An Excerpt from Every Day is a Gift
by Barry Gottlieb
 
In our culture, it seems that most people are caught up in their "need for greed." Perhaps this is why so many people struggle to find their happiness, and why over 25% of the people in our country suffer from anxiety. We live in a culture where we are taught to judge a person based on what they have, rather than on who they are and what they contribute to society.
 
                                           Action Plan:
 

Gratitude. Every night before you go to sleep, recite aloud at least ten things for which you are grateful.

Forgive. Let go of the past. Forgive those who have hurt or angered you. Stop carrying this poison around with you every day.

Love. Be sure to tell those people in your life who mean so much to you that you love them and appreciate them.

Donate. Go through your closets. Anything you haven’t worn or used in the past year, box it or bag it and take it to a place where those who are less fortunate will benefit from your donation. Get your children involved!

Praise. Make time to praise. Look for and recognize the good in others.

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