Friday, January 15, 2010

Today's Charity Becomes Tomorrow's Good Deed

Like many others, I'm deeply concerned and moved to tears when I see the disastrous conditions of the Haitian people following the terrible earthquake they're severely suffering from in this very moment.

It makes me want to leave my daily business behind this instant and travel there to help those in pain and to team up with all the good people who are involved in the rescue operations.

However, devastating as this is, maybe you're thinking like me, that the media usually just highlights "the big stuff". The silent suffering in single small cases, is still in total at least equal to or probably much bigger than that of one single disaster.

Here and Now
It's not only possible, but we ought to do much good in the very place where we are located right now - this minute. (And just to be clear, we desperately need and I deeply admire and love all the good people who at this time are giving their all to the Haitian nation!!)

What I'm also saying, though, is this: Why not let this terrible catastrophe serve as a reminder and a way to reinforce our commitment to always be giving, even during, and especially when there is no explicit cry in the news and media.

There are, in fact, people with great needs around us every day, everywhere. All we need do is look around us; elderly people who are suffering from loneliness, children who are feeling left out or that receive unnecessary harsh treatment from other children or even grown-ups and young people suffering from low self esteem because nobody pays them a sorely needed compliment or two... just to name a few examples. Let's look out for and be kind to each other. Let's be patient, overbearing and supportive.

...and maybe most of all, let's remember this: The help that the Haitian people are receiving now is mostly the result of an organized effort that took place before and well in advance of the earthquake itself and its postlude suffering. Therefore, let's give in practical matters, but also give of our financial means regularly as a way of life, not just after something bad happens; giving now is noble, but having given yesterday as well as today is both noble and smart.

Today's charity can become tomorrow's good deed.

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