This week Awesome Stories brings you feeding souls, gratitude, and courage.
MacKenzie Hinson is a very special young woman. She started the Make A Difference Food Pantry in Mt. Olive NC at age 10 as her way of giving back to the community for helping her family through a hard time. At 13, she is incredibly driven and compassionate about what she’s doing and why. Kenzie is very clear that her mission is more than feeding people. It’s all about how they make people feel; treating them with love and compassion. A common theme among her patrons is how they don’t feel bad or shame when they come to her pantry, unlike when they go to most pantries. I have to admit that our local pantry where I volunteer could do more to make people feel good, not just give them food. Besides running the pantry, she provides mobile meals, hurricane relief, and is an advocate for ending hunger!
Gratitude is the Answer
Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. – Kahlil Gibran
What if gratitude is the key to turning our lives around? Kristin Meekhof makes a strong case that gratitude is the answer to every question. Read this touching story about Kristin and her experiences caring for her dying husband Roy. He was a model of gratitude, even in the face of his cancer, still finding ways to be grateful for what he had in life. She recounts a day where they met a young mother and her child with cancer. Kristin was a mess, but Roy found the courage to be grateful. She recounts how her life changed because of his death and because of her husband’s beautiful acceptance of his death. Kristin co-wrote a book about widows, grieving, and acceptance called A Widow’s Guide to Healing. The core message is to manage your life in micro-moments, accept loss, and change our relationship to death.
In this article on vulnerability, Brene Brown reminds us that we can be comfortable or courageous, but we can’t have both at the same time. She believes vulnerability is the courage to show up, even when we have no control over what is happening in our lives. I find too often in the last decade I’ve chosen comfort. I quit my most recent job (that’s 3 in the last few months) and have been told I’ll likely have to find a new place to live by my landlord. So it appears, I have an opportunity to make some changes. I’ve considered everything from property caretaking, travel jobs, migrant work, and travel. I’m wondering if I have the courage to restart my life at age 60, adding some adventure, growth, and courage into my life. I know I’m tired and bored with my life, yet afraid to make any real changes. Brene Brown reminds us that vulnerability requires being open, risking failure, courage, and getting back up.
May your week be full of courage, gratitude, and acceptance.