March 4, 2011
“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” ~James Matthew Barrie
I live with chronic illness. Anyone living with a chronic condition knows the physical discomfort, limitations, and emotional expense it takes every single day. If I let it go unchecked, I drown in a self-absorbed preoccupation with the popular trio of me, myself, and I. It is easy to see just inside your own box and become oblivious to the pain of others. One of the best things I do for myself is to give to others. How? What? Why?
My heart is unaffected. I can love, share understanding, listen. I have been in public and see someone who is obviously having a bad day. A genuine smile and kind word go a long way to brighten their day and mine.
I turn off my SPS saga and listen to the problems/worries/fears of others. In listening and offering compassion, advice, and friendship to one in need gives me a boost of appreciation for the good things in my life. I rediscover my worth as a person who can give, not just take.
A member of my sunday school class had lost a loved one. I signed up to take a meal. A bucket of chicken and a couple of sides can go a long way to let a family know you care and ease things for them during a rough time of grief.
My church offers mentoring programs for children: spending time with a special needs child, reading, or planning class parties.
Nursing homes welcome volunteers to visit with the residents, just talk. The residents love it and the time I did that, I was richly rewarded with love and a firsthand account of historical events. Fascinating.
It only takes a caring heart and time to chase away the blues. Here comes the sun!
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