I am totally convinced that compassion is the best therapeutic agent in existence. I have struggled with looking through the lens of a camera, or at a TV screen, or computer monitor, not hiding and really, really seeing. Seeing places and circumstances that teach us daily to suffer and to hopefully find it within ourselves to give back with compassion. Perhaps then, compassion is a catalyst for, not only passion, but also for love.
I hear over and over again from friends and people who 'don't get it', "Why do you do this?" "How do you do this." "You work so hard for a just handful of soldiers when there are thousands returning that need help too." My answer to them is, "How can I not do it?" They shake their head and tell me 'well I couldn't do it.' What if our soldiers said that - that they couldn't do it. All too often people hide from what they don't want to know or what they don't want to see. How sad, when all our soldiers want is to be appreciated for their sacrifices and that what they gave was not in vain. Just sitting with them shows them I care. Making a homecooked breakfast for hundreds of them shows them I care. And you know what? Without exception over my omelet pan, dozens and dozens of soldiers, their moms, dads, wives, sisters, children come up to me and say 'thank you.' It just doesn't get any better than that. I was on television for twenty years with a daily cooking show and in the process authored fifty cookbooks. None of that has ever meant as much to me as one soldier coming up and saying 'thank you.' Maybe you understand this, maybe you don't. It doesn't matter. I know.
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Penny's From Heaven Foundation Volunteer - Cliff Manis
God Bless Our Troops Photo - Patsy Swendson
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