It’s good to review life’s book of lessons once in awhile.
I was thinking Thursday night at our son’s school music program about something my mom taught me early on: Support the people and pursuits about which you’re passionate.
Giving has always guided her daily course. Whether serving as the co-founder and executive director of Sunshine Center School or as a grandmother, aunt and neighbor, she’s a quintessential philanthropist.
Those who know her well are familiar with her giving spirit. They’ve seen her in action and benefitted from her generosity.
Believe it or not, though, this column’s not about my mother. I’ll save that for another time.
Yet her life exemplifies why giving is essential. There have been times in her journey when others would have understood if she’d focused exclusively on herself. But mom has always known the personal rewards she receives from giving to others – even in times when she has needs of her own – are invaluable.
There are plenty of people in Eastern Jackson County living a philanthropic life:
The list goes on and on. I wish there were enough space to recognize every Eastern Jackson County philanthropist.
Yet those I’ve mentioned point to the riddle of philanthropy: People who give the most seem to have the most to give.
Which gets me back to life’s book of lessons and the reason mom taught me to help others. She knew helping people would enable me to serve them and gain the personal dividends that come from a giving life.
Thanks for the pointer, mom. And thanks to you, Laura Kilpatrick, Tom Waters and the many others who live lives of philanthropy.
It’s easy to focus on ourselves in these trying times. You remind us to remember others.