Gratitude is the sign of noble souls ~ Aesop

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving ~ Kahlil Gabran

Joy delights in joy ~ William Shakespeare

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Compassion in action

Earlier today I heard an inspiring story on the NPR show Humankind about a man in Massachusetts named Mister Joe who single handedly flies to Vietnam several times a year and escorts young polio victims, some of whom have never walked, to receive free treatments and leg braces in America. All these children who were shunned and despised for their weakness in their country have been given a new life because of the compassion and passion of one man. Amazing. And then tonight I watched Extreme Home Make Over about a family who adopted four special needs kids who had such beautiful smiling faces and sweet spirits I couldn't help but cry so hard I got the hiccups. One little girl was a triple amputee but because of the love and support of her parents she was already winning medals in the special olympics -- and she was overjoyed not only to get a new more accessible house, but to also get to meet her hero Bethany Hamilton. I am thankful for selfless people who make the world a better place, one child at a time.

1 comment:

  1. It's always amazing to see people who have so little themselves, give so much to others in need. It's easy to think "oh, when I have more time and more money I'll definitely give back...", but stories like the ones you mentioned are a good slap to the face of procrastination :)