When the earthquake in Haiti occurred earlier this week, it affected us all on some level. Whether it's because we have friends or family that live or work there, viewing the terrible tragedy and feeling so helpless or even putting things into perspective.
For me, it was the last two. I felt a terrible feeling of helplessness. I wanted to do something to help out but didn't know what it should or coud be. (I have since made a monetary donation since that is what is needed most.)
However, another aspect to this tragedy is putting things into perspective. You realize that these people lost their loved ones and everything they ever owned and now have nothing but the clothes on their backs.
We are a society of abundance and when a tragedy such as this occurs, it makes it even more evident as to how much we have and how much we take for granted. This type of situation sometimes makes us think about what the simple, basic things are that we need to live.
This week, take a moment or two to think about all that you have in comparison to others and see if you can find some things in your home that you really no longer need or want (I know you can!) and donate them to those less fortunate who will find them much more valuable then you do.
And while you are at it, make a monetary donation to help those who are now suffering so greatly. Even a small donation will make a big difference. Open up your heart and your wallet and help those in need in Haiti today!
How to Contribute
The American Red Cross
The United Way
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund