True happiness... is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
This morning I went with a friend to visit a Salvation Army shelter that houses women waiting to be repatriated to their homeland. Knowing that we would be there, the ladies had made the most delicious, moistest pound cake which they served along with milk and tea.
Since the women can be at the shelter for weeks or months, volunteers come in to teach them how to make crafts that they are then able to sell at bazaars for pocket money.
We were shown the little peg angels they've started making along with the plarn crafts and necklaces made with paper beads.
There's even a sewing room with donated machines and fabric where the girls are taught to sew and make quilted items.
We learned that working with plarn (yarn made from plastic bags) is very rough on the girls' fingers, so we chatted about other sellable crafts I might be able to teach them.
After our visit to the shelter, we went for a cup of coffee to continue discussing ways in which we could help.
It's a great thing to help others, but even more gratifying when you can empower them to help themselves.
Have a beautiful day!