Tuesday, April 29, 2008


When I get back to Seattle, I hope to fully convey the entire story of these two neighbors of ours. They have ruined us... that is, in a good way. It is one thing to see poverty on TV or read about it on a website, but when you are confronted day after day after day after day, any ability to ignore or withstand the frontal assault of poverty on your senses is graciously eliminated. They might be angels assigned to teach us how to be generous and giving and they have provided us daily opportunities to learn compassion.They have given more to us than we could ever give to them. We still have so far to go. But, daily, compassion breaks through our hard hearts, and we learn to care, and be involved and find ways to provide. Every day, we get the same motion of a hand to mouth begging "please can I have some food!" and every day we shake our heads at the bleak future that awaits them. They will never have enough food. They will never have options. Due to physical and mental handicaps, parental issues and just life, we have realized that life will never get better for them. There isn't any satisfaction in knowing that we can ever fix them. It is the purest form of giving possible, in that, there is nothing we can gain, except to learn how to love and be compassionate and yet because we learn that, we gain everything.

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