Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 204 – Taking Our Food For Granted

Our daughters and I volunteered at the Beaverton Giving Gardens for several hours. 

Our youngest volunteer

“Today what we did was work hard for the people who don’t have food.”

– Tessa

Nearly three hours of hard work today. And I will say hard work because I pushed a wheel barrow filled with bark chips and mulch the entire time. My daughters were equally exhausted after digging, weeding and raking.

Today, it is easy to take our food for granted. We can run to the grocery store and get practically any food we want. If we don’t want to cook, we have an amazing number of restaurants that will feed us relatively cheaply.

But raising crops is arduous work.

Like the last time we volunteered at the Beaverton Giving Gardens, today was a chance to experience how food was produced just a hundred years ago. The back-breaking digging, weeding, and planting. In some parts of the world, that kind of sustenance living still exists by necessity, not by choice. It is not an easy life.

I am happy to say that the work we did today will help feed the hungry right in our community. And I’m even more happy that our daughters could experience first-hand the hard work that is required.

Maybe they will learn not to take our food for granted.

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Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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2 Responses to Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 204 – Taking Our Food For Granted

  1. They certainly will be learning life-shaping lessons alongside you on your giving journey. It’s really a beautiful thing to know you are passing your compassion on to them. She is gorgeous! :)

    • Eric Winger says:

      This was the daughter of one of the volunteer crew leaders. Cute as a button. It was interesting to listen to her because her mother volunteers regularly. This little girl’s knowledge of the garden was quite impressive. … Hopefully, my daughters pick up similar knowledge & compassion as well.

      Thanks for the thought!

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