This is my word for 2009:
What inspired this is the Tip Junkie Blog. The other day, when I was at the gym, I saw one of those commercials about the children in Africa that are dealing with the AIDS epidemic. In the commerical, they told a story of a little boy, only 12 years old, who had just lost his mother and father to AIDS and was left to take care of four younger brothers. It showed two of the youngest brothers stooped next to the very small food bowls taking turns getting bites of food. While the 12 year old brother went without food so that the others could eat. The tears rolled down his cheeks as he thought of a mother and father he'd just lost. At 12 years old, he was now the head of the house.
I literally fought back the tears while I was ON THE TREADMILL. There are many, many times I take the things I have in life for granted. There are many people in this country that have lost a job or a house because of financial hardship. I have never been hungry because there was no food to eat or cold because I didn't have a nice warm bed to sleep in. My husband and I both have well-paying jobs and drive cars that are new enough to never need fixing. I am so very fortunate and I hope that I am constantly reminded of this throughout 2009.
Wishing you a blessed and fortunate 2009.