Thursday, January 14, 2010

Stop being selfish

I must admit that I can be a big whiner, especially when it comes to financial issues, things I want, things I need.....

As much as I feel like my whining and complaining is justified, several things have happened over the past few days which have smacked me upside the head and made me appreciate the fact that I truly am blessed.

Some of those things are private matters and others, like the earthquake in Haiti, are being felt on a global level.

I have everything I need.

My children are safe, well fed, clothed and healthy.

For me, it's all about the kids - whether they are mine or not.

I think about what I would do if I was a mother in Haiti with two young children to take care of in the midst of the devastation they are experiencing.

So, when I received an e-mail this morning from one of my closest friends, who is selling Girl Scout cookies with her children, I politely declined.

Then I went to the Red Cross website and donated the measly amount of money that would have otherwise gone to cookies - and eventually my hips.

Maybe I just allowed a mother the opportunity to feed her children.

I would encourage everyone to do the same.

1 comment:

Andrea Frazer said...

I am doing the same. It's a small amount, but I'm trying. James has a matching program at work, so everything is doubled. I'm also starting to tithe a bit - not in a Christian "Aren't I godly" way... just give to some of my friends who have been my emotional rock over the years. Perhaps it will give them the boost of help they need to get through and then be of service to others. Paying it forward, baby!