Dr. Lam is very passionate about his work and wants to hear what makes you excited about life, love, or your work. He believes that establishing a forum for you to express your positive energies will radiate to all those who are fortunate enough to read your entry.
It's clear many among us are deeply concerned by the wellbeing of animals and the preservation of our environment
I was thinking then of this story... and of how this could in turn inspire some of our actions for Christmas:
Remember this story?
"Just before dawn, a young man was walking down a deserted beach. In the distance, he saw a frail old man. As he approached the old man, he saw him picking up a sea star that had been stranded on the beach and throwing it back into the sea. The young man gazed in wonder as the old man again and again picked up a small sea star from the sand on the beach and threw it into the water. Finally, he asked, “Old man, why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?” The old man explained that the stranded sea star would die if left out on the beach in the morning sun. “But there must be thousands of beaches and millions of sea stars!”, exclaimed the young man. “How can you make any difference?” The old man looked down at the small sea star in his hand and as he threw it to the safety of the sea, he said, “I make a difference to this one”.
Animals don’t ask for great food nor gifts for Christmas… some just SOME food and some attention, medical care, etc. With them, very little money can make a long way.
Why not consider helping shelters and animal rescue societies or activities (or environmental organizations) to make the world a better place for Christmas ?
“Who even saves a life, saves the world entire” (Passage comes from the Jewish Talmud)
It is easy to find online lists of shelters and organizations to give us some ideas. We can look up in google or any other web searcher robot for the terms help animal shelters, animal rescue activities, etc. I have found plenty of lists, organized often by state.
Not to mention that there are sites that allow you to buy all sorts of items (from clothes to jewels and decoration for the house) where a large part of the profit (if not all) goes to shelters ad both animal and rainforest rescue activities.
Those are just examples… if you look up in google, you can find more shelters, in USA, Australia, Switzerland, you name it!
Remember too that you can look up for avian sanctuaries, horses, rabbit and other small and big animals shelters. It's not just dogs and cats that need help .
There is no better present to ourselves than to bring joy, hope, Life to other living beings.
I love this, M/A. I made an arrangement with my parents this Christmas to forego gifting each other and to put whatever we would've spent toward specific missions. They're donating "chewies" to their local Humane Society (it gets to be a long, cold night for animals in a HS kennel) and I must contribute (for them) to our local food bank. I'm going to photograph the episode (getting a bit like someone we love here, lol-hint: he wears glasses) and send them evidence of what their goodness yields.
Here's another thing I think some of you may embrace....
A few of my friends have been very preoccupied with what has been called "Paying it forward". They suggested we all make more effort to random kindness. ANY others, not just usual targets, if you will. Last week, I went Christmas shopping, but since we are also trying to place less emphasis on the stuff and more on the meaning, I had some cash in my purse. I pulled in to Chic-Fil-A and ordered my lunch. After surveying the car behind me ( a lone guy in a nice Suburban), I paid for his lunch, too. He didn't look like a desperate case, but that wasn't the point.
wow, great stories. i love your ideas. here are some photos of my volunteering yesterday to serve food and clean up at a party for the mentally challenged children in dallas. it felt great to help out (of course, i had to take photos with all the Six Flags animals because I thought it was funny):