Lending a Helping Hand

Be Well Be Happy

During the winter months, it is important to think about helping someone in need. I think about people who don’t have proper heat and have to get to work using multiple forms of public transportation, no matter what the weather. I just want to suggest that if the need presents itself, to try to find a way to lend a helping hand. I am inspired by the many individuals and organizations in our community who thoughtfully give aid in many different forms.

An article in last week’s RT highlighted a woman who took it upon herself to help individuals in meaningful ways. Not sending the annual donation to an organization or showing up to a fundraising event, but taking the time and spending the energy to make it happen. I commend her efforts and have taken it in. She is doing it with love and compassion, and that is very special in our busy times. Not to say that donating and supporting events aren’t very valuable, just focusing on the sort of grass roots approach, which becomes so meaningful for both the givers and the receivers.

Another article (you guys were on a roll) reported a plea from a distant daughter for people to visit her mom with amazing results. Goes to show you that people are willing and able to help, just need to have the information so they can take action. Communication and networking in our community really works wonders. Families used to live very close to each other, but this is no longer the case, so we have to look at all as if they were family, especially when they are in need.

I know I have shared the following before in this very column, but it is always present in my daily life. Gratitude for our heat, our clean water, our cars, our every thing that makes our lives comfortable and easy, and gratitude for our family, friends, acquaintances who fill our lives. Not taking anything for granted, being grateful and counting our blessings - literally - is completely fulfilling. More fulfilling than any amount of gold necklaces or handbags or electronic equipment... I can assure you of that. External vs. internal. We can satisfy our worldly desires which happen in our external lives, and we can feed our internal capacities by nurturing all of the good feelings that come with being grateful, compassionate and loving.

Best of both worlds. Living within our means, getting what we want and can, and not getting into stressful debt, focusing on and nurturing our inner lives which helps us to help others, and giving ourselves some space to be who we are, living with ease and enjoyment.  May seem like a “tall order,” but I can tell you it is definitely doable with being present, conscious thought and a compassionate heart. Life goes by so quickly, why not make it meaningful?

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

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