Today, I met the woman whose family I adopted for Christmas. At an LRT station I gave her the gifts that I had purchased for her kids and it was in our conversation that I realized something. How truly blessed I am. Her husband had suffered from a major injury and the family was suffering financially as well as emotionally. After a rough few months she’s looking forward to the New Year where she’ll be starting a great new job. In talking with her I saw two things, sadness for the struggles that life has put her through and as well as genuine appreciation and gratefulness. She thanked me over and over again and hoped that good deeds return to me ten-fold. It was then that I realized, I didn’t need it to.
I have a loving family who I’ll be going on a road trip with to Disneyland in a week, a warm bed to sleep in, food on the table that’s been paid for and friends that would drop everything if I needed their help. My job doesn’t buy me a Range Rover but I walk into work happy to be there and am fortunate enough to work with some of the happiest and funniest people I have ever met. And one thing that I have noticed is that, price tags only go so far, but true meaning is in the relationships you build with the people around you. It would have been one thing to hit “donate” on a website, and I am in no way discouraging you to contribute to charitable organizations, but there is something magical about meeting the people you’re helping and spending time getting to know them. It makes the experience so much more, real.
This Christmas maybe you’ll be disappointed that you didn’t get an Xbox One or a new iPhone but instead of looking for what you’re missing take a look at what you already have. I can guarantee that the time spent with your family decorating the tree or sharing stories with friends at Secret Santa is something invaluable. And when you start to see, just like I did, that you already have everything – find someone to give back to. Because if we don’t appreciate the people in our lives and give to the people that need us then what happiness are we withholding to others and ourselves? Walking away from that meeting gave me a heartwarming feeling that I can’t fully describe to you, so all I can say is try it for yourself and you’ll know what I mean.
Now that I’m done with the cheesiness, onto the cute stuff! These polar bears want to wish you all
Thai advertisements growing popularity for providing a heart-wrenching story. This one is no different.
This 3 minute commercial went viral and became widely shared as one of the ads that brought tears to your eyes and struck a chord in your heart.
Life comes full circle and although many of us continuously ask why bad things happen to good people we tend to forget that good things also happen to good people. “How many times have you lent a helping hand to a neighbor and they returned the favor? Or your parents made you soup when you were little and in bed with chicken pox, and you cooked them supper when their hands were wrung with arthritis?
This world is continuously giving and taking. We are all part of a larger system – help when you can and take when you need to. In this competitive world we are always trying to get ahead, to be better, stronger, faster than anyone else. But what makes us human, what gives us meaning is to give. Don’t get me wrong, I encourage striving to be the best that you can be. But I hope that you strive to be the best so that you when you reach a place where your troubles seem small and your worries are minute – that you can give, and give all that you can to those who need it.
There are 7 billion people in the world and I can guarantee that one day someone will end on your doorstep needing your help. The decision that you make at the time could quite possibly change their life forever. When the time comes I hope you can recognize that cry for help as a cry for your humanity to show, for your love to be seen and for your compassion for mankind to shine. And if you are in a dark place and having a rough time, accept help with gratitude and a promise to return it someday to someone. Our egos should never swell so large that we cannot even accept kindness and love when we need it. So receive help graciously and give with generosity and from the deepest, most sincere parts of your hearts.