New Beginnings

What a wonderful time of year! For many of you, dear readers, spring is in the air. Temperatures are rising, flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining, and if you’re lucky you might get caught in one of those refreshing afternoon showers. Additionally, this is the time of year that many young people have looked forward to for many years. Graduation. Whether high school, college, or post-graduate, graduation is a time to celebrate hard work and perseverance. It is a time of new beginnings.

New beginnings. What a wonderful thing to think about. The future lying in wait, ready to be seized by all those who dare to reach out and grasp it. However, the reality is that we can’t always obtain the object of our desires, as circumstances may have placed them outside of our reach.

Many of you may be nodding your heads in agreement as you have found yourself in this position once, twice, many times over and over. There is beauty that can come of these situations, though. Through our troubles, our disappointments, our sorrows, we gain a wonderful ability. The ability to empathize. It is in this empathy that we are able to looks our fellow humans in the eye and say “I understand”, “You are not alone”, and “I’ve been there.” Empathy makes us better lovers of one another, and loving each other is what we are all about at YOAM.

Frequently, we find ourselves working with people who have lost the bright vision of the future they may have once held; they may even feel a sense of loss of their dignity, their humanity. Unfortunately because of circumstances beyond their control. Circumstances that can occur suddenly and with very little warning. In the blink of an eye, people can be transformed from being like the bright-eyed graduate with a bright future, to a victim of natural disaster whose outlook and future may seem dim and bleak.

Now, I don’t want to put a damper on anyone’s celebration, but merely point out that it is a thin line that can exist between moments of joy and moments of pain. During your upcoming celebrations, whether it be a graduation, a marriage, a birthday, a raise, or even your son or daughter getting a hit in a little league game, take some time to think about how you can help restore dignity to the lives of others. What can you do to take the joy in your life, and pass it along to someone else in need? It could be the new beginning that they need.

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