Gratitudinally Yours

2010, last day.

My year has been a good one: we are happy and healthy, our financial situation is stable, and there have been no huge/negative upheavals in anyone’s life. We are all good.

I leave this year with a comment recently made by my almost 82-year-old mother.

Eighty-two is a long time to be alive. She was born before the Great Depression to a family that eventually had eight children and no bathtub, she went to work at the age of 16 and didn’t stop until she was 67, she lost a husband to death and a child to drugs and mental instability, but she had this to say:

“Why shouldn’t we people who are comfortable try to make the lives of others a little more comfortable, too?”

For many, the world is harsh, unforgiving, and a grinding slog, both here in the US and in the rest of the world. For many, there is no reprieve. Comfort does not exist.


One planet. Many nations. One species.

Blood is the same color, no matter the vein through which it flows.

Mothers want a safe and happy environment in which their children can thrive, regardless of whether that means putting malaria-preventing mosquito netting around the baby’s crib or sending them to that tennis camp in Florida.

Fathers want to bring stability and continuity to their families, whether it’s being able to move them out of a mud hut into a cinder-block house or a weekly paycheck that covers both groceries and healthcare.

Comfort is relative.

Don’t feel bad if you are comfortable, but don’t pretend that others aren’t.

Give something that may make someone else comfortable.

Give your time, give your money, give your clothes, give your books, give your…whatever.

Doing so won’t make you less comfortable.

You may never know what comfort your giving may bring to strangers.

And one day, you may just be that stranger.

And one day, somebody else’s 10 bucks may be just enough to help you to a better, more comfortable life.

2010, last day.

So give to the people who give to the people and animals.

The world can only be a better place if we do.


Some ideas (click on the logos):

The Humane Society of the United States seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that will also benefit people. We are America’s mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect, as well as the most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond.

The Fistula Foundation is dedicated to restoring health and dignity to women injured in childbirth through support of the programs of the Hamlin Fistula Hospitals in Ethiopia and in other impoverished countries, both now and in the future.

Farm Sanctuary works to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.

The Home for Little Wanders’ mission is to ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social and educational development of children and families living in at-risk circumstances.

Rosie’s Place is a sanctuary for poor and homeless women, offers emergency and long-term assistance to women who have nowhere else to turn.

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