Happiness is – Compassion for Others

There are a lot of things that warmed my heart this week.  I had a few moments where I was able to stand back and relish in what I was seeing and experiencing.  It was nice.  How often can you say there were multiple moments in a short period of time – where your chest and abdomen become warm with emotion?

Not many.

I was blessed this week – in a number of different ways.

On Memorial Day – the kids and I – together did service for our community.  It made me really happy.  It was something very simple.  Together we organized a food drive – and we went around and collected food.  I drove, they got out of the car and collected.  Of course, they didn’t go willingly.  I made them go.  But we met and exceeded our goal, so in some way, I am hoping that their heart was softened to the needs of others.

I wrote a guest post where I talked more about my plight.  Take a look see!

And even though Mom made them go – I think it’s an important lesson to learn.

So, this week, what makes me truly happy – is helping others on their road to happiness.

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Sometimes you meet people in their most distressed moments.  It doesn’t have to be hunger.  Maybe someone suddenly dies, or the breadwinner of the family looses a job, or someone close is seriously ill.  There are things that are not outward afflictions – worries that weigh heavily on the mind.  Service can simply be a knock on the door and a caring – how do you do?

And sometimes the happiness is not your own – but someone else’s in the making.  But it renews your own spirit and faith in a world that seems so distant and cold.

That’s the happiness I experienced.

I’m happy – because we – as a family- were able to help others.  We have a long way to go.  Our journey is not nearly complete.  But it’s a start!

But this week, I am eagerly optimistic about the future!  Finally!

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  1. BRAVO to you mom! BRAVO, you are teaching and modeling for your kids how to be a true human being. In today’s society, too often kids are given images of “ME ME ME ME” people instead of selfless and kind role models.

    • Hey Karen,

      First, I apologize for not getting to you sooner. I think you got caught in the mess of my life. Sorry bout that!

      Thank you so much. I hope that my kids are learning valuable lessons that they will be able to take them throughout life. You said it. it’s always about me….me…me. I found my kids starting to head in that direction. That is definitely not the direction to go in. As a community we have to help each other and support each other. It’s so important. None of us can exist alone.

      Thanks you so much for stopping by. I hope you have a terrific weekend!
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  2. I am a strong believer in service to others and helping others. It is also so important for children to learn this lesson early. Thank you for sharing this post!
    Maria
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  3. Handmade aJ
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    We have also tried to teach our 3yo about service, letting her raid our cabinets for food drives 🙂 it’s great that you’re being intentional – it’s so easy to forget to teach these crucial lessons!

  4. Fanfreakingtastic, Lisa!!! I could NOT be more proud of you guys!!

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