“Helping Hands are better than Praying Lips” – Mother Teressa
Such a deep message in such few words from a legend who epitomized service and selfless giving. Truly, service is such a powerful tool of Love, of compassion, of gratitude….of Humanity.
As a child, every occasion, be it a birthday or festival, begun with some form of service. A trend my parents set very early in our lives. And how grateful I am for those lessons in learning to be compassionate towards the lesser privileged and being grateful for all that the Divine had blessed us with. Yes, it is a humbling experience when you see how little things can bring BIG smiles to so many.
There are so many reasons to celebrate all year through & so many ways to do it too!! My favorite is:
When a tiny little somebody flashes a smile that connects their heart to mine.
When a child laughs and my heart fills with joy.
When a pair of eyes sparkle with surprise and moisten my eyes.
When a wiggly pair of hands opens a gift and my soul jumps with excitement.
When I can be the reason for that smile.
When I can be the medium for that sparkle.
When I can be a part of that excitement.
Then I can give a little and receive an ocean of satisfaction.
Yes, this one time I don’t shy from saying the “I” as “I” am humbled to be a medium of THY Divine work.
And what better time to spread that sparkle than the festival of lights!! Diwali is about celebrating light over darkness.
So this Diwali, a small group of us in our neighborhood had our children make little ‘Give-away Boxes’ for a shelter. The residents of this shelter carry scars of domestic violence and abuse on their souls. A little love and compassion can help soothe those scars. And a little fun can transport them away from their pain. These children don’t get to celebrate their birthdays due to lack of funds and facilities. Each of our give-away boxes contained birthday party supplies for a child to celebrate their special day. Now, so many of them will celebrate their birthdays and replace some painful memories with beautiful, happy ones. Boxes were inspired from the ‘Birthday Giving Project’ by Family-to-family.org !
Children took time to decorate the boxes and fill them with gifts & LOVE. I’m truly grateful to every parent and child who joined hands and came forward for this project. A little from each 1 of us and BIG difference to so many. So glad we could spread some festive cheer and warm smiles. Truly “Helping Hands are better than Praying Lips”.
Your celebrations will only get brighter with the smiles that you spread. Happy Diwali dear ones…..please light up some smiles wherever you can, however you can, whenever you can !!
I dedicate this blog post to all the lovely kids who devoted their time to make another child smile; who thought beyond themselves; who willingly shared….
I know each of you is a super star!!!