Stories by peterusa3 (3 matches)

In Giving You Fully Receive!

A neighbor asked me if I would volunteer at the Special Olympics at the local Children's Special Needs Center. The children in the group  that I ended up assisting, were doubly challenged with blindness and limited mental capacity.

A day of giving my time turned out to be more of a day of receiving a profound humility of never feeling again that my life was more difficult than others.
 

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A Gift to Me

I now have the finances to live comfortably. but it wasn't always so. Thus I look forward to giving a helping hand when I see someone in real need. Recently I was a visitor in Barcelona and saw an elderly indigenous woman in rags with a bowl for contributions.

Eyes downcast, she was sitting on the sidewalk against a building out of the way from obstructing the passing pedestrians. I figured here was a genuine person in need so I put a large bill in her bowl. I watched as she comprehended the value of what I had given her.

She started sobbing and looked at me with tears in her eyes. Her reaction overwhelmed me and was a more powerful gift to me than any monetary loss from me. The saying "It is greater to give than receive" is so true.

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The Gift To Me

I have now the finances to live comfortably but it wasn't always so for me. Thus I look forward to giving a helping hand when I see someone in real need. Recently I was a visitor in Barcelona and saw an elderly indigenous woman in rags with a bowl for contributions.

Eyes downcast, she wasn't even making her presence known & was sitting on the sidewalk against a building out of the way from obstructing the passing pedestrians.

I figured here was a genuine person in need so I put a large bill in her bowl. I watched as she comprehended the value of what I had given her and immediately she started sobbing and looked at me with tears of gratitude in her eyes in a language I could not know.

Her reaction in response overwhelmed me and was a more powerful gift to me than any money loss from me. The saying "It is greater to give than receive" is so true.

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