29 July 2011

“Never worry about numbers.  Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest to you.” 

Mother Teresa  1910 – 1997, Leader

For quite a few years I have had a debit order on my bank account to help the Johannesburg Childrens Home and whenever we have had things that we didn’t need we have donated it to them instead of selling it for a couple of rand for ourselves.  Obviously there are other places one gives to from time to time, but things are tight for everyone and it is impossible to give to everyone who asks.

 This morning I had a phone call from the National Sea Rescue Institute in Cape Town.  They are running a fundraising campaign whereby you get a ticket into a draw each month.  Hey, winning the draw would be nice, but that’s not why I agreed to contribute.  I want to help, and their requested amount is R25.00 (they will take more!) per month which is so affordable I couldn’t say no.  I feel good that I can give to another organization that is doing such remarkable work. 

The gentleman who called me asked if I could give him names and numbers of people to call and I declined as I don’t like doing that.  Then I came up with the idea of putting their website details here and if anyone reading this would like to contribute – that would be wonderful.  www.nsri.org.za

To get back to Mother Teresa, sometimes we do nothing because we think we have to do big things.  Sometimes one small thing can mean so much more than something big, because invariably thought has gone into something small.  It can be as simple as making someone a cup of coffee.  I am sure there are some ladies reading this that would be delighted if their husbands make them coffee…. 😉

Just a small point to consider here – who is the closest to you?  Nope, not your SO, not your children/parents/whatever….  YOU are the person closest to you.  The airlines don’t say “help yourself first” for nothing, you know!

To all the special people in my life, and I am not going to mention names else it will end up like the Oscars, thank you for all the things big and small you do for me.  Today’s picture is for you.

Until Monday, stay good, stay warm and stay strong!