Archive for December, 2010

I gotta say, for those who have never tried it… it feels good to give. It feels good to give something to someone else who has less.

What feels so good about it? The smiles, the heartfelt gratitude and the love that comes through the eyes of the receiver. I’ve heard it said many times that if you’re feeling depressed and your thoughts are running away with themselves in your head, get out and help somebody who’s troubles are bigger than your own. Let their problems take precedence over yours.

Okay, you’re probably wondering where I’m going with this… we’ve been collecting sweaters for more than a month now from people around town. Everybody has them… sweaters you don’t wear anymore that are just taking up space in your closet. Some friends of mine and I gave those used sweaters to the elderly and poor grandma’s and grandpa’s in our town. They were so beautiful and sweet, grateful and full of joy. I loved the smiles on their faces… absolutely precious!

My friends and I do this to help an organization called So Others May Eat (SOME). They are dedicated to helping the elderly and poor beggar grandma and grandpa’s in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Antonette who runs SOME, feeds them a hot meal once a week, cares for them when they are sick and helps bury them when they pass. She has volunteers come and work as waitresses and waiters… some of us give her cases of refried beans to give them (a grandma can eat for 2 or 3 days if she has a can of refrieds and 5 pesos for tortillas). Here’s the link if you want to know more about SOME (http://www.soothersmayeatmexico.org/).

So here’s my suggestion and challenge to you dear reader. Look through your closet, drawers and cabinets… find those things that are only taking up space that someone else could use and gift it to them. If you don’t know anyone, take the items to your local Salvation Army or charity. Someone out there can use that stuff and it will help you feel lighter, happier. Then, volunteer for a day or two and see for yourself how wonderful it feels to give. You will be surprised to find the love and joy that can put a spring in your step.

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