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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Living Fully, Loving Well

"Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others." ~ Danny Thomas

"At the end of our life our questions are simple: Did I live fully? Did I love well?" ~ Jack Kornfield

"Our kids are gorgeous. You'll want to hug them and kiss them all the time," said teacher V in our volunteer orientation last Monday in preparation for our hosting a beach picnic for autistic kids today.

Boy, teacher V was so spot on when she mentioned how gorgeous the kids are. I had to stop myself from embracing them today (Erm, I wasn't always successful, by the way. It's tough not to succumb!) And their smiles! Beautiful, heartfelt, innocent and kind. Their laughter, precious, rich and serendipitous.

I ask God for blessings upon the teachers and caregivers of these angels. And I implore God for blessings a thousand times over upon the parents of these little ones.

It was a tiring but worthwhile day. Thank You God for the opportunity to give back. I am tons richer because of today.

(Photo credit: h.neu)

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