A Lesson in Life
Many of us who are adults have passed through many stages in our life some of which have made an impact at one point in time, and others that we fail to notice or have become too routine in our daily lives. For far too many of us, we are constantly looking for the next stimulation that can distract us from our normal life, or, at the very least, allow us to have a few moments where we dream of a much different life.
Part of experiencing life and what it has to offer, is often forgotten amidst the stress and turmoil that seems to be a daily diet in modern society. And, while many us know how to push these events to the background of our consciousness, many carry these burdens wherever they go whether that is out with friends, to a movie, or to a child’s recital at school.
Some people, on the other hand, devote part of their time to changing a little piece of life for the better knowing that change comes in small increments and is usually not an all at once event.
My Friend’s Experience
Such was the case of a friend of mine who laboured long hours at work but found the time to give his time and talents to a community group. This group had many projects in mind that would help others but only a few could be done at anyone time. One major project was finding the funding to help build a hospice for dying cancer patients.
With the help of a lot of local businesses and fund raising events, this project was actually completed and even the land donated by a local church. My friend didn’t stop there either. The building and the services they offered to those people who were approaching death by cancer or other terminal illnesses were absolutely wonderful. A very caring staff was always on duty; their commitment to their work was amazing. And, volunteers were present throughout the establishment to help and show compassion in any way they could.
Fate Takes A Turn No One Expected
No one, who was close to my friend, had any idea that this much needed and gracious service would ever be used by any of his family, but fate had another twist to unveil. Several years after the hospice was open, his wife was diagnosed with cancer. And, unfortunately, her condition worsened over the next several years to the point where she couldn’t be cared for any longer at home.
I think you probably know what happened next. She was admitted to a hospice for continued care and it was the very hospice that my friend and his colleagues worked so hard to ensure its services were available to those who needed it.
One of the key life lessons is that one never knows what small changes we make over time that can benefit many others. Sometimes, it is little more than a friendly gesture to help someone who is struggling at work and who goes on to achieve great things. Sometimes, it is a lending hand through being a volunteer, or a fundraiser that helps hundreds of needy families. A twist of fate can happen to any of us, and one never knows when your own good deeds come back in the most unusual ways.
“The seeds of greatness are ideas you learn from people who’ve been great in their service to others.”Denis Waitley
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Vince Lombardi
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Les Brown
“If you want your life to count, you have to focus it. You don’t have time for everything, and not everything is of equal value.” Rick Warren
“There were two classes of charitable people: one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all.” Charles Dickens, Bleak House
“It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.”Kahlil Gibran
“Yet I also believe that when you do unto others, blessings come to you as well. So if you don’t have a friend, be a friend. If you are having a bad day, make someone else’s day. If your feelings are hurt, heal those of another. “Nick Vujicic, Life Without Limits
“Generosity invites us to put ourselves in another’s shoes, see and feel the existence of a pressing need, realize that it is within our power to help, and then act in whatever way we can. It’s really as simple as that.”Barbara Bonner, Inspiring Generosity
“The act of helping others, when done out of love, does not mean that there is any expectation of it being returned to you in kind. It may be an act of encouragement, financial support, assisting in child care, bringing a hot meal to a shut in, or cutting a neighbours’ front lawn when they have gone on vacation. It is a simple expression of love.”Byron R. Pulsifer
“This passion for making a difference one life at a time is what inspires and drives me to make what I have available to as many people as possible, in as many ways as possible.” Devra Davis
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa
“Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.” George Eliot
“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” John Wooden
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