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Special Feature: Contribution to the “Weekly Smile” #weeklysmile

This post was inspired by the “Weekly Smile” prompt on Trent’s World (the blog) . Feel free to check out the rules and participate!

While this week has had it’s ups and downs, I’ve remained steadfastly determined to be as positive as possible. I know from the advice given by my mentor that as long as everyone follows the advice given, stays alert, does what they can to prepare, and opens their hearts to others that we’ll be able to make the world a little brighter – maybe not the whole world, but definitely someone else’s. When people come together like that, they can make a better world of their own; and the more who join in, the bigger that world gets.

One of the warnings Alura gave was not to fall into “survival mode” where the only person you protect and care for is yourself. Inspired by that advice, my mother and I decided to enter into a new collaboration. Over the past couple of months, we’ve been putting together a care package for a friend who lives out of state. She’s a single mother with a special needs child and is trying to go back to school so she care help other special needs children and their families. She’s an incredible woman, an inspiration to anyone who knows her.

Finally, we were able to ship the box off! It was one of the biggest thrills I’ve had in a long time. Personally, I prefer to give gifts rather than receive them. It’s so much more fun when you know what it is, but the other person doesn’t! While the supplies weren’t much, I know from experience that even a little help can make a huge difference.

When the package arrived, our friend recorded herself opening it. Hearing her laughing and crying with joy at the same time really warmed our hearts. Even her cat got in on the act and began playing with the packing material. He then tried to eat the soap bars we sent! Well, at least they’re vegan.

It’s incredible what happens when you decide to aid someone else and share what little you have between you. It gave us such a sense of true community, even though we’re miles apart and have never seen each other face-to-face in real life. In those moments, we might as well have been standing in the same room, rather than different parts of the country. It doesn’t matter how little you have. When you share it, you become the wealthiest person in the world.

  • E.W.

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