Stories from my past: I bought it myself

It is touching when you see people who give of themselves and don’t count the cost. I had the privilege once to see a small girl about 5 and her mom come into charity loaded down with grocery bags. I overheard her mom say “Sally saved her money all year and we bought these groceries for everyone here to have.” I heard Sally say “I bought it myself.” She was so happy she could do this for others.

It is a wonderful thing that if you ever get the chance to volunteer, you see the goodness in others. That same day I was continuously doing jobs and helping in whatever way I could. The other workers there were older, and even when they were tired they still were motivated to help. It was impressive to see that for some people they are willing to put in whatever effort is required. Time after time, donation came through the door.

There are many gifts when you give your time. Many people sincerely thanked you, and the ones who didn’t you could see their reasons for needing the help. The reason was as obvious as a broken cart, a small child, an old coat, a difficulty not knowing English.

Choices are interesting aren’t they? I don’t judge anyone for choices they make. I have made plenty of choices that weren’t in my best interest. I think we have to give others a wide berth of forgiveness and space to find out who they are. It is far too easy to judge based on appearances, when it is only the long-term that matters.

The long-term on the girl who gave to others is very good. The long-term on everyone is working to improve is good. The short-term is often difficult for people, but with help we can all help each other get through those times.

Being grateful for what you don’t have.

Source: Today in History: November 23 – StumbleUpon

Broward County Canvassing Board member, Judge Robert Rosenberg, stares at a dimpled presidential punchcard ballot on November 23, 2000 as the board begins counting the county’s ballots that were considered questionable. After review by the three-member panel, the vote went to Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush. (text from article)

As Thanksgiving approaches, we consider more all the things we have to be grateful for. History is such a mixed bag of tragedy, elation and happiness. Being grateful for what you don’t have is just as important as being grateful for what you do have.

So many things to be grateful each day aren’t there? To not be in these photos, to not be in the time they were taken, to not be the people who were part of that history. When you think of the incredible chance of life, and then our live in particular it has to make you wonder why.

Even if there is no reason why, you can still appreciate the odds of being here and being alive. I read earlier today that of the 1 million people alive this week, they would all be dead by the end of the week. Isn’t it amazing how many people die, born and live in this small planet?

I wonder sometimes how life would be different if we lived on another planet that was larger. I think that we would have the same problems, and that it would just be more difficult since it would be hard to solve by moving to another planet. I wonder how long it will take before people start living on the moon and mining that. I suspect it will happen in less than 25 years.

Are you more happy with what you have, or what you don’t have in your life?