Maya Angelou said that, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” So many people go without the necessary items needed to live. Each day I wake from my bed, and I know that I will have socks to put on my feet, a toothbrush and toothpaste to brush my teeth, a nice intact wash cloth to clean my face, and a nice shirt to cover my back.
Being a college student 235 miles away from home I find myself holding on to my coins, and making sure that I have enough money to care for myself if something huge occurred. I am always for giving a helping hand and serving by actively working to help enhance the community in any way I can, but when it comes to spending money to help others I will find myself holding my wallet tight.
It was until I read Lao Tzu quote that reads, “The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.” That is when I realize that I can lose all of what I have saved up at any moment and time, and there are people out in my surrounding community who may have lost all of what they have. I made an agreement with myself that I can purchase gifts and donate to the Veterans Gift Boxes to put a smile on a face that truly deserves a smile. This act of services also taught me that it is okay to give. This also taught me that it is important to be mindful of others situations and circumstances. Mother Angelou couldn’t have said it better, “people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I truly feel that I will be helping others to make someone feel good on Christmas.