Giving Gives Back

PHOTO CREDIT: Maggie Rawlinson

Give. Remember always to give. That is the thing that will make you grow.~ Dame Elizabeth Taylor

Everything on our planet has a purpose. Our lives have a purpose.

I’ve discovered that natural givers are always happy, no matter what.

My husband and I lead a simple life. However, we’re both generous people which is the building block in our relationship. We both enjoy helping whenever and however we can.

Yesterday, I was a little tired due to just a few hours sleep yet something profound happened which gave me such energy and filled my heart with joy. Something which made me think how our lives should be about giving and reaching out to others. We donated an item to a kind soul. When this kind soul reciprocated our act of giving with the utmost kindness, my entire being was, once again, filled with the most powerful fuel: LOVE.
I noticed my husband’s joy as well.

“Giving becomes more important than getting because giving is in alignment with your purpose.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer

Givers are always the miracle workers. When we focus on giving as our life purpose, we seem to receive more. It’s all about unconditional giving, with no expectations in return. If you do this, you’ve aligned yourself with the universe. You’re a miracle worker and more will come your way. Believe it!

Giving gives back. It fuels the universe.

PHOTO CREDIT: Maggie Rawlinson

PHOTO CREDIT: Maggie Rawlinson

Moms Blog to Save Lives: Ask 5 for 5

Guest blogger: Sarah Lenssen from Ask5for5
photos courtesy of Cate Turton / Dept. for International Development

First, thanks to Shire @ShiCooks; for allowing me to post on her blog today! Today, 25 bloggers, including this one, are standing with me to Ask 5 for 5 for Africa. Here’s why….

I began pursuing a BIG dream two weeks ago. After deciding I could no longer avoid the news about the famine in the horn of Africa, I had that gut feeling that I couldn’t sit this one out. I HAD to do something because I could. Something bigger than I could do alone.

A malnourished child in an MSF treatment tent in Dolo Ado

Two of my children, Ashen and Bereket, were adopted and are from the region affected by the drought in Ethiopia. They would be two of the statistics if they still lived there. I see my son’s and daughter’s faces in the photos of those suffering in the refugee camps. It could have been him. It could have been her. The thought haunts me.

And moms just like us are watching their children go hungry day after day. I can’t imagine what it’s like, but I have to –I have to be there to help them, because it could have been my children. These families have lost their livestock, their crops, food prices are inflated at the market if there any food there, and don’t have any more lifelines to tap into. Many are traveling hundreds of miles through parched land in hope of finding help. Many are dying along the way. It is estimated that 29,000 children have died in the last 90 days in the famine in Somalia alone.

Malnourished children, weakened by hunger

But I KNOW we can do something about it. Instead of feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed, we can rally ourselves and our friends to respond! I set up a fundraiser through See Your Impact. 100% of your gift will go to the relief and development organization World Vision, where it will be combined with government grants to multiply up to 5 times in impact!

You’ll receive updates on just how your funding is being used to help save lives affected by famine in East Africa. I’m amazed at how much we’ve raised already — over $7,000 in just four days! We blew through our first 3 goals in just 3 days and are well on our way to $10,000 and beyond!
I need you to help me save lives. It’s so so simple; here’s what you need to do:

  1. Donate $5 or more on this page (
  2. Send an email to your friends and ask them to join us.
  3. Share Ask5for5 on Facebook to stay updated too!

I’m also looking for 100 bloggers to stand with Ask5for5 to spread the word during Social Media week, September 19th – 23rd. If you’re interested, email me,

Extra food for every child under five

Thanks! Please donate and email your friends right now–don’t wait for a calmer moment, because if you’re like me, other demands inevitably crop up and you won’t get to it. A child’s life hangs in the balance, but you can help save her!

Unconditional Act of Kindness

My husband was reading a summarized version of the Bhagavad Gita (Song of God) which is a sacred Hindu scripture with deep philosophy and spirituality. The Gita’s emphasis on selfless service was a prime source of inspiration for Mahatma Gandhi. Very briefly the Gita’s message is:

“Begin each day in ways that are consistent with love and harmony. Do not attach yourself in any way to the fruits of your labor. If you attain this state of grace, your life will have peace, stability and serenity. Live your life entirely with purpose (giving) and selfless action; by renouncing fruits of action and by dedicating all activities to God. At all times, honor God and serve others in any and all of your actions.”

Then, my husband told me whom it reminds him of. He said the name Chris and everything came rushing back.

We had a brief encounter with Chris 10 years ago. We were moving into a beautiful new place, but they had one rule: We had to complete our move-in by 5 pm. It was late in the afternoon. We still had lots of things to unload, including heavy furniture. We were both tired and worried we couldn’t finish in time. I remember wiping my tears and saying a silent prayer in the elevator. Shortly after, Chris showed up like an angel. He was so kind and gentle. He said hello and asked if we were moving in. We said yes and explained we had to be done by 5 pm. He was on his way out to get himself some dinner, but instead, he took off his jacket and helped us finish moving in to make the 5pm deadline. I was in tears again when we thanked him. We invited him to dinner. He paused a moment and said “I didn’t help you to receive something in return”.

We have never forgotten Chris or his selfless act of kindness after all these years. We rarely saw Chris after that. Our schedules never seemed to come together, except for that one moment in time when we needed a small miracle from a kind and generous soul.

We never had that dinner together. He must have quietly moved away one day, leaving us the same way he entered our lives, with humility and grace.

What would happen if we all lived our lives like Chris with selfless action? Spreading love and good will everywhere, everyday….leaving behind our soul prints.

What a wonderful world it would be!