We spent the day volunteering at the Los Angeles Mission today. It is amazing how many people dedicate their lives for the betterment of others. Over two hundred volunteers from Toyota came out to feed the homeless...how incredible is that? Not just Toyota, but countless others as well. There is a fulfillment that comes from volunteering that can't be achieved elsewhere. Anyone can write a check (not to say that donations are not helpful and needed), but to give your time is something altogether different. I was so happy to be a part of it.
We were given a tour by a gentleman who was once housed in the Mission and now he is a Director there. He is able to help these people because he knows exactly what it's like to be at the bottom. He has walked in those shoes and he has since turned his life completely around. His story was an inspiration.
For years, I have been trying to show my daughter what it means to be unselfish, and encouraging her to share her time with those that are less fortunate. I think it is vitally important for her to realize that everything that she has is a gift and that everything in this life (which is by no means perfect) is impermanent. It could all change in a moment. She gets it....but she is spoiled (which she readily admits)....not a brat, but well taken care of.