Besides the obvious ways people can help those who are suffering in Haiti, other places around the world and around our own neigborhoods, I think there is something else we can all do regardless of our personal circumstances. I think it would do us all some good to be more grateful for what we have whatever it is and wherever we are. Imagine how much more able we will feel we can help others if we can recognize how richly we are blessed in our own lives. When we lived in Africa, I missed so many things from the US. When we moved back, I missed a lot of things from Africa. I wasted a lot of time missing what I did not have. What I need to do is be grateful for what we have right now in the place we are right now. And, today, I am grateful.
I celebrated a birthday while my husband was away. It was kind of sad, but I chose to focus on one of the best things ever: two 8-year-olds and one two-year-old spent every spare minute the week prior to my birthday crafting in the basement. Every gift, card, and decoration I received was handmade just for me by my children. And one gift was made by one child so another child could give it to me. I have wonderful children and I am grateful.
What are you grateful for today?