Thank you Brenda

There are more generous people than we realize. Lots of people quietly give back to our world in a whole variety of ways.

  • Aug. 16, 2015 5:00 p.m.

There are more of them than we realize. I am speaking of generous people who quietly give back to our world in a whole variety of ways.

They are humble souls who do not search for acknowledgement for the good they spread and share. They just quietly and anonymously give of their time and expertise where it makes a difference in our community.

It can be done in many ways, by giving a few dollars to a homeless person, by driving someone to an appointment, by donating your time,  by sending money to an individual who is struggling financially and much more.

Kind actions don’t have to be huge.  You can plug a meter as you walk by if you notice it is out of time. A simple quarter provides a 15 minute gift of time that could make a difference to someone who was short of change.

Big or small, it combines to make a huge difference to someone along the way.

As cheesy as this may sound, those who help others are earth angels. They provide hope with their help. We don’t always see what they do, we don’t always know who they are, but they shift the energy in somebody’s life in a positive way.

They do not seek out recognition and sometimes despite their own challenges, they step forward and give of themselves to help make this community of ours a better place.

I know someone who fit this description to a “T”.  Her name was Brenda Hala and she gave back to this community time and time again.

She donated her professional expertise to Wine, Women and Woods (fundraiser for Breast Cancer), Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, the SPCA and many other groups and individuals too numerous to mention.

Brenda Hala died on August 10th at Hospice House, after a battle with cancer.

In true Brenda style, she named her tumour “Teddy” and kept her friends posted on the activities of Teddy over the past year or so.

Even then she thought of others, thinking that by doing this it would keep it easier for others to digest.

Thank you Brenda, for making a positive difference in our community and in the life of every single person you met. Your contagious joy and your ability to look for and find the good in every single soul you met was more than admirable. You shifted the energy in others to a better place.

It was your gift and we are all thankful for this.  Many of us have the images you created as proof of this.

It would be wonderful if everyone who gave of themselves in some way could be recognized and I believe that our world would be amazed at just how many do give back.

Choose to make a difference with positive words and actions like Brenda Hala.

She raised the bar high when it came to being a kind and caring person.

Godspeed Brenda…..and thank you.

Carole Fawcett is a Counsellor, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Freelance Writer.  www.amindfulconnection.com

 

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