So Many Ways to Help!

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If you can, try to get your hands on the December 2015/January 2016 copy of Womans Day Magazine.  It contains a treasure trove of ideas that we can all use to make the world a better place.  First of all on page 26 is an article entitled “Santa’s Workshop”.  This tells the story of a woman and her band of volunteers who make pieces of scrap wood into toy cars for sick and underprivileged children both in this country and around the world.  This project was started by the woman and her now-deceased husband in 1998, after they gave away some extra toys they had made to a children’s hospital.  It’s amazing how the more you give, the more joy comes into your heart.  I invite you to check out The Happy Factory, Inc. website at: happyfactory.org.

On page 128 of this same issue is an article, “Little Gifts That Give a Lot”, which outlines the numerous ways you can make an impact for $20 or less.  Some of the ideas mentioned here are for one or two dollars!  Imagine, being able to help someone for a dollar!  This article also tells you how to make sure that the charity you contribute to is legit and responsible in their financial dealings.

On page 23 is another great article, “Be A Force for Good”.  This lists some easy and quick ways to brighten someone’s life, including information on how to send a care package to our servicemen and women.  That link is Operation Courage is Beautiful (operationcourage.org).  And, on page 22 is “Count our Blessings”, which we seem to need more now than ever.  This article focuses on living a more positive life and sharing that feeling with those around us.  The shooting at San Bernardino this past week brings our need for kindness and compassion into greater focus than ever.  I don’t know why we are going down this road.  Everyone seems to have their own opinion, and there is no real dialogue.  How have we moved so far away from each other?  May it is as Mother Teresa said, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”  She also said, “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”  I think that she was a very wise woman.  I am trying to be more mindful and kind lately.  Too many times  I was caught up in my own thoughts to show kindness to those around me.  If I were perfect, or a saint, I could rest assured that I will continue to treat those I come in contact with in a friendly manner.  I know that I will sometimes forget and stumble, but I pray that my memory gets jogged and that I get back on the right path.   We are all we have and life is very, very fragile.

I wish you peace,

Cindy

Ultimately, we have just one moral duty:  to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it out toward others.  And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Etty Hillesum

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