You won’t have to look far to notice that there are many people who are worse off than you are…no matter what your current financial situation is. Have you considered that perhaps you could share just a little of your money, goods or skills with someone in need?
When it comes to choosing recipients of your gifts or contributions, there are many possible options. Use your imagination. In our small community some of the options include:
- Homeless shelters
- Domestic abuse shelters
- Church affiliated organizations
- Head Start programs
- Half-way houses (alcohol/drug abusers) (criminal offenders)
- Donating turkeys/hams for the holidays (local churches)
If you haven’t already done so, choose a reputable charity or organization and make a contribution, no matter how large or small. Your personal rewards for your acts of kindness are priceless. Donating to others anonymously can make your gift giving even more satisfying
“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
Thomas Edison’s words, not ours ☺
Ah, here we are again at the time of year when we gather round to reflect upon, and be thankful for the blessings and abundance we have in our lives.
For some fortunate people, the question of what to be thankful for has obvious answers, and for others not so obvious. This short story is intended to provide just a little “food for thought” if you are coming up short when adding up the blessings in your life. This is a true story.
Try very hard to imagine yourself as a quadriplegic…you have absolutely no control over any part of your body below your neck – none. Your whole world consists your hospital bed in a kitchenette apartment.
You are in your early twenties and there is absolutely no hope for your recovery… or that you will ever leave your bed without the assistance of caretakers. You must rely totally on others to feed you and provide for all of your personal needs. This is your life, your world… forever.
But wait a minute… you do have some assets. You have a good mind and an exceptionally strong will to survive. A loving and supportive network of family and friends surrounds you. The home health care staff tending to you is devoted and reliable.
Enter the State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. For privacy purposes we’ll call our subject Bob. The year is 1994 and Bob has been a client of the Dept. of Voc Rehab for about two years. Because of Bob’s spunk and sheer determination to succeed and be productive, Bob has been equipped with a computer, a telephone and a TV…all operated by joysticks that Bob controls with his mouth!
My involvement with Bob came as a result of a phone call from the Dept. of Voc Rehab in the fall of 1994. Would I be willing to serve as a tutor/consultant for one of their clients who needed some work with his computer? Of course I was both flattered and humbled by this request and accepted the offer immediately. “By the way Jon, you need to know that Bob is a quadriplegic”…Wow!
Working with Bob over the next six weeks proved to be one of the most uplifting and awe-inspiring experiences of my life. Bob’s primary goal was to operate a computer driven home based business for profit.
Driven by sheer grit and determination Bob quickly learned the basics of computer operation and word processing. Bob was soon corresponding with friends and relatives via his word proccessor. He also had a creative mind and was beginning to pursue writing articles and short stories as an outlet for expressing himself, and to earn some extra money.
Remember, Bob’s only means of operating his computer was via a joystick controlled by his mouth! Whenever I’m doing battle with my sometimes-obstinate computer, or just feeling overwhelmed by this technology stuff, I think of Bob!
Bob quickly mastered tax preparation software, as well as a program designed to produce customized children’s books. Sadly, in order to actually do business in these areas, Bob would have to have an assistant standing by to manipulate paperwork and organize details for him. Bob rejected this notion, as it would have created extra dependence on others to work in his behalf.
In the approximately six weeks that I worked with Bob I never heard one complaint from him about his physical condition. His only anger seemed to be with himself when he would accidently hit a wrong key, or misplace a file. Truly remarkable.
So is there a message somewhere here? It is my sincere hope, dear friend, that along with me, you are never again challenged for answers when reflecting upon the blessings you possess! Remember Bob…
Be well and prosper,
PS. Bob’s story is all about motivation and no nonsense determination. You can achieve anything in life that you desire…just go for it, NOW :-)!
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