Today’s Gem of Gratitude #239

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Today I am thankful for the ability to give to charitable organizations. No one makes it in this world alone, whether they realize it or not. And there is truth in the statement that “to whom much is given, much is required.” I may not have realized the magnitude of how blessed I was as a child, but as I have gotten older I have become more aware of that truth; I am blessed beyond measure and I always have been. And as I have become more aware of that truth I have begun to see the world through different eyes, eyes that are more compassionate, more determined to not look away.

There are many people in this world who exist on less than humanly thought imaginable, just as there are others who exist on much more than was ever thought humanly possible. And somewhere in the middle lack crashes into lavishness and the lens of invisibility widens as the haves throw a few dollars in the general direction of the have nots, neither concerning themselves with seeing those who should receive nor with the true final destination of those negligently discarded dollars. Among other things, it is this image, this scenario, which troubles me. It is this truth that stirs me up and quickens my pulse.

That invisibility is not okay with me. It is just not acceptable. And it is because of that unsettled sensation that I have a heart for charitable organizations, and more specifically for those who are in need of their services the most. I have a heart that is concerned with ensuring that charitable organizations have the resources and access that they need. And that heart is just as deeply concerned with making sure that charitable organizations are managed properly and that they are free of corruption.

Our world is vast and full of lives that unfortunately hang in the balance from second to second and are in need of the love that those who have been blessed with abundance have, and it is up to us to ensure that that love, our love, reaches those who are in need right where they are. That, in my opinion, is why charitable organizations are in existence; they are the extensions of our hearts, eyes, and limbs, reaching into the valleys of the world, lifting up those who are in need of elevation, embracing them with empathy, nurturing their spirits via the unconditional bond of humanity. #lovebythedrop

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