Like many businesses the last few years have been very difficult and as a result
our income stream is about 1/2 of what it was in 2007-8. The decline has taken
a few years to manifest itself, but as a result we found ourselves to the point
that we were going to have to do drastic things such as sell the house to clean
up tax and other debt obligations unless the business took a dramatic shift for
the better.In the middle of all of this my now 12-year old daughter
tries out for the basketball team at her Catholic school (we are not LDS btw)
and since it's a large school they have enough kids for an A and B team.
There was one small problem-they needed a coach otherwise they would not be able
to field a B team! Now mind you - I played through 10th grade in high school
(in a tough Long Island HS league) but more importantly entered my first team in
the local city league at 14-but on coaching a team in my late 20's realized
that I needed to grow up before coaching a team again. (continued on new
Giving is a wonderful way to share with others a little bit of yourself.
It's not always necessary to share something materialistic; time, effort, a
kind word here and there can have a profound impact on others.And
the greatest reward from giving to others is sometimes having the chance to see
their face light up, or to know their life has become a little easier because we
took the time to show them in some way that they are important.Heavenly Father blesses us as we do for others without thought for ourselves
but to help lift other up simply because we are able. Sometimes those blessings
are not always apparent, but manifest themselves over time.And as we
struggle to climb toward our spiritual goals, by turning around and offering a
helping hand to others, even anonymously, we often help them climb a little
higher as well.