In the Spirit of the Holiday Season: A Vi Promoter’s Story of Service—and What He Learned
By http://www.giftofhealth.co.uk · On January 1st, 2015
Happy holidays to you and yours! Today we want to bring you a story that reflects the spirit of the season: bringing joy to others through random acts of giving—whether it’s love, kindness or attention.
We’re proud of the many ways the Vi Community represents the spirit of giving year-round. Inspired by Vi’s commitment to Life, Health and Prosperity, Regional Director Brett Andrews felt compelled to serve locally—and shared with us his experience about the lesson learned.
***** The following is Brett’s story in his own words*****
What a Homeless Man Taught Me about Prosperity
“Excuse me, sir. Could you get me some food? I haven’t eaten in three days.”
James, a man who’d been on the streets for three months, called out to me from his bench as I went on a late-night walk. As I looked him over—pleading eyes, filthy clothes, gaping wound in his knee—I took action. “Sure,” I told him. “Wait right here, and I’ll get you something at the Western supermarket right over there.”
As I went back to the supermarket to get him a sandwich, I thought about Vi’s core values: Life, Health, Prosperity. Prosperity, in particular, reminds me of the opportunity to become more philanthropic: do what you can, when you can, with what you have. With that value in mind, I swept through the store, stocking up on all manner of food and treats that this man could want. Anything from apples and oranges to peroxide and bandages went in the basket. When a clerk found out what I was doing and asked why, the answer was simple: “Because I can.” What more reason did I need to serve someone else?
When I returned with this oversized bag of supplies, I could tell that James had gotten more than he hoped for. As I knelt to clean his bleeding knee—he’d fallen three days earlier—he wept with gratitude at the act of service. I told him that my good friend Jeremy had once been homeless and recovered, thanks to the generosity of others. I told him that, were it not for my family stepping in at the right time in my life, I would have been in his position, too.
James taught me last night that prosperity goes beyond the big paycheck and company car. Prosperity starts when you give freely of what you have to someone who has nothing. I seized that opportunity to serve him last night because I could.
I challenge you to do the same. The next time that you see a homeless person who asks for food or a dollar, give it to them. Do it because you can. Embrace prosperity, and be the example that leads others to do the same.
If you are inspired by this story and want to get involved either in the improvement of your health or in helping others why not have a look at the information on http://www.giftofhealth.co.uk or email RichardHowlett@sky.com