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Sharing-6th Grade

“Today’s BrightSpot!”

Can you remember a small act of kindness that made a huge difference for you? This story may inspire you to make today your day to return the favor!

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.”
Cesar Chavez

Calei Akers, age 17 learned an important lesson one day about Sharing-6th Grade. He noticed that a fellow classmate never brought or bought her lunch so he stepped in to offer his. What seemed like a simple act of caring for him was actually a huge and generous gift for a young girl without resources and in need.

What he discovered may open our eyes to seeing someone in need and being willing to offer a helping hand. Take a minutes to view his BrightSpot, it may help you feel good and may also give you an idea about the importance of sharing! What’s easy for you and me, may not be so easy for someone else. This hits home especially if you’ve ever missed a meal or been in the position to be hungry.

What I learned after seeing Calei’s story is that it’s the little things in life that really count. I no longer question myself or hesitate when it comes to offering a hand to someone in need. Whether it’s a friend or stranger, anything I can do or give will make a big difference in brightening their day. I’m always surprised how great it makes me feel in the process.

After viewing Calei’s BrightSpot, what action will you take today to make someone’s life a little easier?

“Share A BrightSpot Everyday!”

 

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Sharing Worked for Me

“Today’s BrightSpot!”

Ever feel like what you have to give is too little and won’t make any real difference?  Today’s the day to re-frame that thought. Why not give something small to someone else; food, a smile, a kind word.  Even if it feels unimportant to you it could be the highlight of their day!

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” Mother Teresa

He was working at a neighborhood fast food Subway restaurant, when Gurprince was surprised to be offered food by a homeless man. He talks about how Sharing Worked for Me, when he rejects the gift of the man’s watermelon but accepts the gesture as a way to generate his own willingness to share. The sandwich he offers is a gift well received as demonstrated by the huge smile on the man’s face. The feeling it evokes in his own heart is the unexpected gift he receives in return.

My friend Rob is a homeless man. From time to time he accepts a gift from me but most often he refuses. On the other hand, he is always offering me small thoughtful gifts. It’s not unusual to find newspaper clippings he thinks will intrigue me outside my door. Some days he shows up in his wheel chair with a box of fresh produce like cherries or grapes depending upon what’s in season. At first I refused his gifts, but then I couldn’t bare the look of total disappointment on his face.

The most amazing thing I’ve noticed about Rob is how ecstatic he is whenever I accept his gift. He smiles a huge toothless grin and thanks me profusely for receiving it. In the past few years, I’ve learned a lot from my homeless friend. At the top of my list is that giving and receiving are equally important. When I met him it was far easier for me to give and today I know how important it is to receive with appreciation and gratitude.

Whether it’s easier for you to give or to receive there’s a lesson for us all in finding balance. I know that sharing teaches me how to find that balance because one day I may be on the receiving end and the next be called upon to be the giver. In either case it’s all about touching each other with our humanity and expressing our gratitude for all the large and small gifts we are privileged to enjoy. So I ask myself daily, “Who did you make a difference for yesterday? Who might you make a difference for today?”

Never forget that what you have to offer may be just what someone else needs. So don’t hold back your impulse to give whatever you can and watch how it enriches their life as well as your own.

Share A BrightSpot Every Day!”

 

 

 

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