December 14, 2012

Healthy Writer's Club: Tis The Season

Tis the season for giving, so today I thought I'd share
about someone who really knew what "giving" meant.

(And yes, yes I am avoiding the whole physical health aspect of the Healthy Writer's Club.
I may just procrastinate until after the first of the year).

So today is Inspiration Day!

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Mother Teresa
Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Humanitarian
1910 - 1997

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.
~Mother Teresa

Agnes Gonhxa Bojaxhiu decided at age 12 that her future was as a missionary. She left her native Macedonia to train first in Ireland and then went to India where, in 1950, she started her own Order. Through her tireless work in Calcutta, her mission grew to more than 400 sisters in 123 countries, establishing orphanages, homes for lepers, the cripples, those with HIV/AIDS and many more.
~Women Who Dared by Evelyn Beilenson and Lois Kaufman.

I know from reading her biography that Mother Teresa suffered from bipolar and it seemed like she was in agony every day and even struggled with her faith. But her dedication to the down-trodden never waivered. That is true giving.

I am humbled.
I will never be like her, but I can be inspired by her
and pray that just a little of her humanity will rub off on me.

I didn't get my calling until late in life.

Can you imagine getting a calling such as hers at such an early age?

When did you get your calling?


Julie Luek said...

Yeah-- some human beings come into this world and make exceptional changes and differences in those around them. Through all the writing frenzy, and social media musts, it is so good to remember that it is all secondary to being a good, giving, and effective human.

Linda Jackson said...

I'm still struggling with my calling...

I had no idea Mother Teresa was bipolar nor that she struggled with her faith. I suddenly feel normal.

Thanks, Gwen.

Robyn Campbell said...

Oh gosh! Mother Teresa was so giving. So loving. I never knew about the bipolar though. I did know at times she struggled with her faith as we all do. She was human too. :-) That's a reminder for all of us. We're all human and make mistakes. But God in His infinite wisdom and power has overcome this for us through His Son. Great post! Thank you, thank you much!

Merry Christmas.

Gwen Gardner said...

Julie, I wish I could be exceptional like Mother Teresa, but it must come with a big price tag as well.

Linda, it does make you feel normal, doesn't it?

Robyn, we certainly all do struggle with our faith. Somehow knowing that Mother Teresa did as well makes us more human.

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