Tag Archives: Giving

How to Save a Life

I scan news headlines everyday. It beats listening or watching to the gloom and doom on radio or TV. I can choose when and how I want to be informed. I came across a story that struck a cord in me the other day.  A 7-year old boy was suffering from a rare disease and needed a bone marrow match. As a result, a bone marrow swab clinic was being held at a nearby university. There was no question, I had to make this in hopes of helping this child or someone else (apparently your screening is entered in a worldwide database).

In this ‘perceived’ busy world and busy life, we quickly and easily forget how precious life is and what truly is important. As I referred to in an earlier blog when I was in perfect silence – I realized that living without the moments of pure “silence” takes us away from the perfect, true and honest moments – the ones with perspective. Reading that article put me back into the perfect silence – where my perspective was clear and my purpose of going to the swab clinic was unwaivering.

I went to the swab clinic and I may save a life one day.  Not bad for wisdom in the moment and taking action when inspired by perspective!

For more information on bone marrow donations you can go here to One Match.

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The Spirit of Giving…Always

I heard on CBC radio earlier this week that the CBC annual food bank fundraiser was targetting $1 million dollars this year.  Many non profit organizations depend on these large campaigns to fund them throughout the whole year.  While I thought that this was an amazing goal for such a great cause, what happens throughout the rest of the year?  

So the budget is addressed for many of these organizations, that helps.  Nice work. 

But what about the spirit of giving that started it in the first place?  What about the good will and extra politeness in traffic – allowing more yields than we usually do?  What about the increased patience we give to our in-laws during the holidays and over Christmas dinner?  What about the extra tip we give to our hair dresser or barber?  What about the extra time we spend with our kids and enjoying their company?   What about the get togethers with our neighbours and friends?  What about the gifts we exchange with those we care about and appreciate in our workplaces?  What about the gifts and notes to teachers and caregivers?  Are all these part of that annual giving campaign? 

 It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day of our busy lives (I should know, I haven’t blogged for a month!)   However, lets make a habit of being nice, of giving, loving and thanking everyone around us.  Perhaps trafffic won’t be as bad, family dinners will be more tolerable,  going to work will be a joy, hanging out with our kids will be fun and those that we love and care for will ALWAYS know how you feel about them.

I know what my New Year’s resolution will be this year, thanks to the spirit of giving.

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