I've been blessed to have good health for my entire life. No broken bones. No stitches. No real sickness or disease scares. I've had my share of childhood mishaps, but nothing has really threatened my life. I feel truly blessed for that.
I don't think anyone can really appreciate anything until it is gone. Think about the first best friend you ever had. Are you still close friends with them? Do you still share all those secrets with the same person? I don't. Somewhere along the line things changed. We changed. I mourned for our loss of friendship. Until I lost a friend, felt betrayed by a friend, loved a friend; I never really knew what they meant to me. What having that kind of bond could mean to me. Knowing what it really means changed everything. It changed my life.
It's the same thing with good health. Those of us blessed with good health, even decent health, have no clue what it is to go through what others do who aren't as lucky as us. Really luck and chance are the only differences.
You might be wondering where I'm going with this.
Aaron, one of my critique partners in the Ink Slinger's Critique group, send an email last night asking the group to help someone she knows.
It could be that you don't have a clue what to write. That's alright. I don't have a clue what I'm going to as I write this post. What do you say to someone you don't know? Think about it. Reflect on it. Pray about it (if that's something that will help you). Inspiration will come. Then, write. Send your letter to email@example.com. No postage necessary, Aaron will take care of the rest.
Want to do more? Check out the links below. Some need funding, others volunteers, and some...well, organs. Think about how blessed you are and ask yourself if you can't do something. It doesn't have to be big or complicated. It can be as simple as a letter, dropping your change at the donation tub at McDonald's, or volunteering at a local Ronald McDonald House. If I've learned anything, it's that I may not understand what someone else is going through, but that doesn't mean I can't do something about it. A lot of the time we get stuck in the thought that we are too small to make a difference, my challenge to that is: if not me, then who?
Ronald McDonald House
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital