Saturday, December 13, 2008

Giving



"Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others." Barbara Bush

I'm getting practical here! Our house is in escrow so I'm evaluating what to pack, what to give away and what to throw away. I've always enjoyed giving but it's been an especially interesting adventure this time around.

I discovered a thrift shop in my town that is connected with a nursing home home run by nuns. This organization sells their donations and uses the income to help enhance the facility. When I would take things to the women who work in the shop I'd wonder "Is this going to get thrown out? Will they really want this?" Apparently, they do. My junk is a treasure for them and brings more smiles and money for them than what I'd ever get at a garage sale. That's a great feeling.

Giving is a focus in this season of celebration. It's all over the media. People giving their time, money, love, possessions, and skills to come to the aid of others. Wouldn't it be great if we always had the "giving" mentality!

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Copyright: Anne Clark/bloodstone

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