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Reaching Out to Make a Difference

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on Monday, 19 May 2014 in General Interest



“There are two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” ~Edwin Arlington Robinson


The more I become involved in my community, the more clearly I see my own blessings. How lucky I am to have a loving family; a safe home; healthy food on our table; and all those extra “basic luxuries” so many live without. I can completely relate to the first part of this quote, and I am truly grateful for all the gifts I enjoy in life. I strive every day to not take what I see as “little things” for granted, and although life is never worry-free, I do try to put any challenges I face in perspective considering all of the hardship that exists in this world. I really have no right to complain, and I appreciate the reminders that life experience brings to keep my own gratitude in check.


But what I am coming to realize more and more is how amazing it feels to be able to give back to others less fortunate—to know I am actually making a difference in another life. I am privileged to be involved with our Whitsons Family Foundation, and to play a small part in helping others. I often speak directly with some of the individuals who apply, so I hear it all, from the details of their struggles, to their heartfelt gratitude for the help. Just recently I spoke to someone who unexpectedly lost a beloved family member, and is now in danger of losing their home. It brings me to tears to hear these stories of heartbreak, and knowing we just brought a little bit of light to someone's life feels profoundly rewarding.


I also just volunteered for a local organization’s annual picnic this weekend, helping to serve a free, hot meal to community members in need. There are children out there who are not getting enough to eat, and parents desperate to provide for their children. People who walk around with clothes that don’t fit them because that’s all they have. People who would give anything for a place to sleep, including injuring themselves so that an ambulance can take them to a hospital and a bed—if only for a moment. And to be able to look at these people with compassion, and give them a warm meal and a day of fun, moved me beyond words. It has inspired me to come out from behind my comfortable life and become more involved in helping those around me.


You really never know the depth of compassion and hope one simple gesture makes in someone else's life, and we don't always see or hear our true impact, but believe it - it exists. Luckily, I have countless opportunities to be reminded of that power, and it makes me only realize how grateful I truly am for all my blessings and for the ability to help make wishes come true. Think about how you can contribute even the smallest gesture to make a difference in someone else’s life –money, service or simply a smile or kind word—and do it. There really is no better feeling in the world than when you give back.


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