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Blessed or Burdened: How Do You See Your Life?

April 19, 2022

Tuesday Vibes, Syracuse, Inspiration for Women Entrepreneurs, Female Business Owners

At the doors of an organization I volunteer at, people of all ages come hungry for food. Appreciative for both cold and warm entrees, they leave a bit happier. Today as a cold spring snow covered the sidewalk, porch, and small buds on the trees around the house, no one complained about waiting in the cold to get a hot meal. Their outlook was set on what they were receiving not what they were waiting in.

It amazes me that people who have so much in their lives, like a roof over their head, money in their bank accounts, and a warm meal at their fingertips, complain more than people who truly need support to survive. It is as if those with so much, forget what it is like to need something as basic as food, drink, and maybe an extra cookie in their lunch bag.

My favorite part of volunteering, where I am privileged to hand the food bags directly to the people in need, is to compliment them about something they are wearing, giving them a smile, wishing them a good afternoon, or just emitting a kindness I hope they feel. I have so many blessings in my life, I can’t imagine not trying to give a stranger a few seconds of compassion to add something positive to theirs.

Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham with Alopecia

My Tuesday Thoughts today are simply to remind you how blessed you truly are. No, we don’t get everything we wish or hope for, or I would have a full head of hair, long eyelashes and brown eyebrows back on my alopecia-ridden body. I realize I’m blessed not to have cancer, which so many people think I have, and for gratitude my condition is not life-threatening, just life-altering. As long as alopecia doesn’t take my heart or compassion for others away from me, then I consider myself blessed to be happy with what I do have, not what is missing.

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