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Giving Is an Act of Joy

Written by Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade, Community blogger | Apr 30, 2013 1:29 PM

My friends stayed here for six days while the wife started to recover from surgery. We chose candidates for scholarships in my late mother's honor in two locations. We provided a week's worth of food for a woman on a small limited income. We're not unique. My neighbor does tons of volunteer work, much more than we ever did. She helps elderly people feel supported and interesting. I know lots of givers to society. Some people serve on Boards of Directors and some are just nice and generous. Some can afford to fund a hospital and some can afford to treat someone to lunch. Either way, the most wonderful gift is to the giver, who is fulfilled in the act of caring and sharing. We are blessed when we have that opportunity.

So many of my patients are plagued by their sorrows, anxieties and jealousies. Certainly, they need to work through and with their pain and learn to see beyond their immediate worlds to a sense of good choices, integrity and hope. Perhaps, giving can be part of their solution. Not enabling, not losing themselves in charity, just simple giving for joy in a way which enriches and does not deplete them. It's a matter o

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