A friend once wrote this comment on my Facebook wall: "Congratulations on what you do for those most in need."
This made me ask myself, “What do I do for people living in poverty, and what is it that they do for me?”
What they do for me can't be measured because it’s not tangible. It’s bigger than that. They give me an endless spring of faith and hope, even when their reality makes me think they’re in a hopeless situation.
— Henry Flores , UNBOUND REGIONAL REPORTERS DIRECTOR
The gift of contentment
What they do for me can't be measured because it's not tangible. It's bigger than that. They give me an endless spring of faith and hope, even when their reality makes me think they're in a hopeless situation.
They teach me that one does not need much to be happy through this ride called life, even when sometimes I think they can't be happy having so little.
They are lights of inspiration that shine in this world, with their laughter that is pure and sincere, even when sometimes I have labeled them as the “suffering and marginalized.”
Their simple, beautiful celebrations and musical expressions as families and communities have brought me great enjoyment. They've shown me that a good party doesn't depend on how much you spend but on how much you appreciate those you are with.
They are happy with the rooster crowing in the morning after dreaming all night by the light of one candle. They greet the sunrise while already hard at work in the fields, while my mornings are filled with the stress of the news, checking the day's appointments and navigating my way through traffic.
A heart of gratitude
So, what do I do for the poor? Anything I do is small in comparison to what they do for me, but one thing I am sure of is that I thank them for offering me their true friendship without expecting anything in return. I thank them for opening their homes to me, and for their lived testimony of faith and hope. And I thank them for the extraordinary gift of offering me their hearts because they are capable of loving generously and with no limits.
After reflecting on these things, I thanked my Facebook friend for helping me recognize the greatness of the so called “most in need.”
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