Francesca Silva

Okay, after acquainting myself painfully with a brick wall a few weeks ago and wallowing in self-pity for a while, I decided it was time to snap out of it. I hate feeling sorry for myself; it’s so boring and tedious – not only for myself but also for everyone who has to put up with me.

Besides, what right do I have to go around with a “poor me” attitude when my life is filled with blessings. I have a loving family, many wonderful friends, health for myself (after all, a little hair loss is not the end of the world) and my loved ones, a comfortable roof over my head, food on the table…my list of blessings goes on.

Others are not so fortunate, however. Over Christmas, Mumsie, Hubby and I went to the soup kitchen to help prepare and serve a Christmas dinner for anyone who had nowhere else to go. Just imagine – no place to go at Christmas and nobody to care about them. Many adults showed up with their children and all were grateful for the meal. The children weren’t expecting to receive any gifts – not even a simple toy or a book, never mind iPads, iTouch, lap tops or Wii games. However, thanks to the generous spirit of our community, every adult and child there received a gift. One store donated gingerbread houses and trains, while other people donated food and gift cards, toys, books and clothes. One of my nieces – the youngest one, who holds a special place in my heart because of her compassion for others – donated some of her dolls, stuffed toys and “baby” books, all still in mint condition.

Watching every parent and child receive a good meal and a present was a blessing. And being able to share the joy that emanated from each and every one of them was the best Christmas gift any of us could ever receive.

No family was left out this year. As a community, we’re doing what we can – and what we should do to make sure that nobody gets left out.

So, as another year ends and a new one begins, I’m going to do my best not to stress out about the petty little challenges that life throws at us. Instead, I’m going to count my blessings – and share them with as many people as I can.

May the coming year bring you all peace, love, joy – and a recognition of all the blessings we have in our lives.

[tags]blessing, Christmas gifts, x-mas gifts, happy new year, year end, volunteer[/tags]

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