Never in my life did I think that I could find someone as special as he is in his own manner.
I appreciate him in every way. He brings laughter and joy to my life which in turn broadcasts through me to others. Like the gold bracelet which he had found discarded by a careless person, kicked around by yet another and now proudly displayed on his wrist, JJ now is my found treasure. To those who could not see the beauty of this gem I've found, I thank you as today I would not be able to marvel at the sparkle of his whole being had it not been for you.
What unexpectedly came with this rarity is a whole cache of dazzling jewels I have recently been given the honour of beholding.
I thank God mostly for granting me the patience in my search.
Instead of making this all about things that I have been able to make happen I would like to be able to share others' experiences. No deed done in the name of charity and goodness is valid in the face of God if we boast about it but I believe we need to share if we are to motivate others to do similar acts of selflessness.
Please share your experiences either from the giving or receiving end.
Over the past weekend I met a very impressive fellow while visiting JJ.
In a society that is caught up in our own selfish materialism, it is refreshing to meet people who value human life more than a big screen tv let alone two or three.
This man is soon on his way half way around the planet to give of himself to people who, through no fault of their own, are less privileged than we spoiled rich kids of the west.
It is my understanding that what he is doing in Laos is distributing water treatment equipment and education on proper use of these to the local people. These units contain ceramic cartridges which filter the water to sanitary and safe drinking conditions. All materials are produced in the same country, reducing costs and eliminating customs issues as well as providing work for some.
While most are worrying about making that extra buck building yet another business or toiling at another unnecessary job just for more stuff, this man is foregoing excesses for the betterment of our world.
First off, I want to thank JJ for dancing his way into my life in his unique fashion.
I am completely new to this blog thing. Please bear with me as I come up to speed.. lol
I will start out my blog with an inspiration story.
Years ago a young guy contacted me through my Skype from Thailand... you know how that goes. On a whim, I answered his message. He turned out to be a very honest young character. Long story short, I agreed to help him to come to Canada as at that time my business was running smoothly and I had the extra time to devote. After months of hard work to try to work through this train wreck we call Canada Immigration here, my friend was so filled with thankfulness that he decided to pass it on. He regaled me with the following story:
"Jeeem, I was walking down the street on Friday to go to the mosque for prayer when I saw a homeless man on the curb obviously in distress. I knelt down to see what was the matter and it turned out that he had no money for the medication he desperately needed. He had not eaten in a while either. People from my own mosque were walking right past him because he was not a Muslim man. I was ashamed. Purposefully, I marched into my mosque and asked how dare we leave a poor man in the streets to die? After pointing out vehemently that we should be helping our fellow man, it was arranged that this man would be brought in, fed, clothed properly and have shelter. I rushed down to the drugstore and purchased medications he needed from my own pocket money. This I did because of the help you have given me. Thank you."
I had saved a life on the other side of the world. I was overtaken with emotion.
We can really make a difference in this world. We just have to care to start doing it. Don't let the despair we see on the 24/7 news channels and other media ever let us think that we are powerless.