Gratitude and Giving

grat·i·tude n.

The state of being grateful; thankfulness.

give v.

To make gifts or donations: gives generously to charity

To keep the joy of our medical missions and all of WOGO’s work during the year it is important to savor the feelings we experience. I try to wrap them up and save them to pull out and revisit over and over again. I often sit back and revisit the joy of giving that we are able to experience when we help people on our trips.

As part of my blogging during our inaugural WOGO trip to Nepal in 2010 I wrote a status update on my personal Facebook page that has stayed with me. “Be thankful for what you have. Appreciate where you live. Hug your family. Be content.” I had been reminded of what was important to me. I was grateful for them and I wanted to share the reminder with my friends.

Our 2011 trip to Guatemala led me to a quote that I shared with WOGO’s friends. “Every morning when we wake up we have 24 brand new hours to live, what a precious gift. We have the capacity to live those 24 hours in a way that brings peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.” -ThichNhatHann

It makes me think, how do I show my thanks for every special day we have? How do I show appreciation for the blessed life I have? How do I love my family and friends as hard as I can?

It’s important to remember what is important to each of us. To share with each other what we are grateful for. What do we celebrate? Why do we give? In this time of thanksgiving show your support for the WOGO team and the 2014 medical mission to Tanzania by giving a donation to the program.

Help support WOGO. Every dollar helps to cover costs and enables us to provide much needed joint replacement surgeries.

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