Monday, September 10, 2012

Sienna's Charity

If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: . . .  stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.
Leo Tolstoy

My favorite story this past week is about our little granddaughter named Sienna. Usually she goes by the name "baby". She is an active 11-month-old, full of energy, and happy about life.
A few days ago she accompanied her mamma and went to pick up her big brother from preschool. There Sienna noticed a little girl crying. She went over to her and gave her a big hug with sound. She always hugs with a hugging sound. Then she tried to give the crying girl a kiss by opening up her little baby mouth and leaning forward towards her.

I am amazed how a little woman like Sienna already has it in her to comfort those who are in need of comfort, to give a hug to someone who is sad. She noticed the sad girl, felt for her, and did something about it to ease her pain.

Many struggle all their life to learn to do that. Some may find it hard and never really understand the fulfillment of helping others and being there for someone else. Caring, charity, and service are words that lift us up more than burden us.
Service is never convenient. It 's easy to find an excuse to avoid taking time to help someone. The thing is - if we take the time - we are the one's who are truly blessed by it. We will feel good, be more positive about life, and learn more about love.

Little Sienna is already teaching me that if someone needs us, don't hesitate, just do. Go over there and make them feel better.

Photos today of Sienna and Hector.