You know this time of year I always find my self thinking about family and friends. It is a time to come together and enjoy each other. Not that that shouldn’t be done all year round, but it never seems to happen that way.
Yesterday evening, Natalie and I went over to see Robert. His eyes lit up and sparkled as Natalie walked into the room and said “Robert, how are you?”
He hadn’t seen Natalie in over a month and a huge smile appeared. He replied, “I am fine how are you”.
Here is a man that served in the army and has spent his whole life taking care of himself. He has been used to doing his own cooking and ironing and going out dancing.
He now finds himself in an assisted living facility unable to do the the simplest things, such as bathing himself, dressing himself, choosing and preparing his meals.
Worse yet, all of the employees speak only Spanish. His connection to his past is his TV in his room, which lets him watch some English programming.
At this time of year it is good to think of others that are not as fortunate as we are. It is time to contact some of the worthwhile organizations close to you and see what you can do to help. Time or money is always appreciated.
If you are in the Boquete area consider The Handicap Foundation of Panama. They have done amazing work and the people they help will touch your heart.
Consider Buenos Vecinos de Boquete. I went on a ride in the following post and can tell you they make a huge difference in the families they help.
If you are in Volcan, consider the Volcan Quilters. This organization has made many women independent by teaching them how to sew and make beautiful items.
In David you will find Nutre Hogar, who take malnourished children and restore their health.
You will find Foundación de AMIGOS del Niños con Leucemia y Cancer. They help children that have been stricken with cancer to enjoy another day.
Or do something yourself.
You might ask, what can I as a single individual do. Well look around and you will see many people that could use a helping hand. Look at Tom McCormack and you will see what a single individual can do.
Take the time to remember that our time on this earth is short. Enjoy each day to its fullest and see if you can help someone else enjoy their day just a little more.
Smile at the cashier as she checks you out with your purchases. Tell her to have a great day. “Que tenga a muy buen diá”.
Say the same to the bag boy as he bags your groceries and don’t forget the tip. It is all he will receive in pay today.
If you are not with family this holiday season, adopt a family and make it your own. You will feel better.
Christmas is coming and many just might enjoy theirs a little more because of you kindness.