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Thursday, August 06, 2009

And Yet Another Pleasant Surprise

They say good things come in threes - and apparently that goes for surprises too! First, it was flowers, then the journal, and now ...

When I got home today, I found in the mail a package from my sister-in-law, Marik. In it was an inspirational book written by Robin McGraw (better known as Dr. Phil's wife) entitled "From My Heart to Yours: Life Lessons on Faith, Family and Friendships".



While waiting for the book's picture to load on my blog, I came across this line: "Bad stuff happens to good people and there's not much any of us can do about it except choose how to respond - whether to respond with faith in God's goodness, or with an attitude of giving up."

I think it means something that I received this book today and that I come across this particular line while flipping through the pages. Today (of all days) this line totally makes sense. Today was my second day at the Center and today I met a lady who had all the odds stacked against her. She was deaf (I helped translate for her), homeless, had no job and was going through a divorce as well as losing custody of her two kids. Despite that, she held herself up with a quiet dignity and with a sense of purpose. Not once did she talk about giving up or allow herself to sink into self-pity. We helped her make a list of the things she needed to do and she promised to get them done. She shared that she did not want to live on charity forever but acknowledged that she needed some help at this time in her life. She was very gracious and calm. It was inspiring to meet someone like that.

Thank you so much for sending me the book, Marik. I truly appreciate the gesture. I am so sure there will be many more lines from this book that I will come to appreciate.

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leslie ty said...

another surprise? =) I think you're so blessed to have such great in-laws =)

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