Monday, August 04, 2003

Instant Karma

It's kinda spooky when it hits ya but when it does, it's groovy. I had it happen today, thanks to a couple of wonderful friends.

Dana is doing something that to me is an incredible act of kindness, love and giving. Twice in the last two years, she has given her time, energy and effort to missionary work in the Dominican Republic. I remember her 1st trip and the fear that she had prior to the experience. This type of travel was something that she'd never done and she was quite nervous. She's a girly-girl to the utmost so even imagining her in the tropical jungle is something that just isn't easy to do.. not for her and not for those who know her. How would she endure such an environment? No modern-day conveniences, no A/C, no drive-thru, no mall. I remember feeling excited for her because she was not only giving herself to assist others, she was giving in to something that was totally against her nature. It was an ultimate sacrifice of her comfort zone and she was willing to do it. I was so eager for her trip to end so I could tell her how proud I was for her efforts. She did it! She witnessed life as I've never seen and cared enough about the work to go back the next year and she's going back again this fall. For someone who deems herself as a selfish being, she's proven she isn't. She has given herself unselfishly and I have the utmost respect for her because of it.

Today, I received a wonderfully supportive email from Dana regarding my upcoming endeavor to ride around the US/Canada for 11,000 miles in 11 days. I could feel her love through her words and it was very comforting considering the fear and nervousness I've been feeling since my planning started a few months ago. I really appreciated her email knowing that she has her own endeavor to prepare for. One thing about missionary work is that their efforts are supported by donations. She and I are both looking at finanaces as we work on our projects and knowing that she has made such a personal sacrifice inspires me to donate to her church on her behalf, which I did today. She will make her required goal and will be able to assist the Dominicans as she feels compelled to do. And that's a good thing.

After talking with Dana, I hopped online to check email. While on, my friend Jean IMd me on MSN Messenger. She asked for my PayPal account and I gave it to her only to find that she "donated to the dream" which is my IBR ride! She said she'd be my guardian angel while I rode and made a payment towards a tire. LOL! What a wonderful surprise and to me, instant karma.


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