Saturday, January 15, 2011

Jan 15. Give

So I have been thinking lately of what it means to be selfless.  The people who've made the biggest changes for good in the world, have often been the most selfless.  They were able to put aside safety, comfort, sometimes even their lives.  Most of us will never change the world like Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama, or the countless other dedicated an amazing people who've forever influenced human life.
But all of us, regardless of how smart, wealthy, beautiful, or powerful we may or may not be, can give something.  All of us have opportunities, even if they seem small or insignificant, to give.  I spent today with my mother, one of the most selfless people I know, though she would never say so.  I can't imagine how many people she's helped, served, fed, clothed, hugged, uplifted, encouraged.  She has been the most supportive, thoughtful, and loving person in my life, and I am forever grateful for her.  So what did she want to do today?  We went to watch my little sister play in a church basketball game.  They got slaughtered, but we were there cheering them on nonetheless.  Then we donated blood, something we've done together many times before.  Today the blood bank was the busiest we've ever seen it.  
We don't have to donate millions of dollars to charity or save lives or donate an organ to make a difference.  But when we give of whatever we can, be it money, time, talent, service, or support, we are recognizing that we are not the only ones in need.

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