I’m sitting on my balcony enjoying a gorgeous sunrise over the Indian Ocean. The sparkle of where the sun meets the ocean is absolutely breathtaking. It is the simple pleasures in life like this in which I appreciate and what makes me happy.
My trip to South Africa has definitely been eventful and rewarding thus far. I have had the best of both worlds with my main purpose of coming here to volunteer and help children better their lives and as well to explore the country during down time. Working with the children has really opened my eyes to the everyday challenges that many may encounter across the world and as well to appreciate all that I have been blessed with back home.
As well, this time away has really helped me to grow as a person, to learn more about myself and what I feel is most important in terms of happiness. It has given me time to appreciate the abundance that I have in my life. It has also made me realize how important it is to stop worrying so much about what I can get but to enjoy all that I can give.
I have learned that living a generous and rich life does not necessarily mean my own fortune but the fortune of others. Generosity and richness is not a matter of material offerings but is the meaningful open heartedness of giving of yourself, genuine, selfless love.
My journey across South Africa and working with children who are less fortunate than myself has really taught me how generosity is not only a beautiful and rewarding experience but is a kindness that is continuous and much more of an impact than any other fortune in the world.
Christmas time is time for peace, love, compassion and caring of others. It is a time to give back with a generous heart in abundance. One thing we can all learn is to live each day with a generous heart and to give the best that you have not only at Christmas but most importantly each and every day.