Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Art of Being Better: Add Another Potato

Add Another Potato

When I was growing up, my mother had the rather annoying habit of helping anyone in need.

It was only annoying because we never had enough for ourselves. We were 7 kids and a single mom, but if someone was hungry, without or in need of a place to stay my mother would say, “We’ll just add another potato.”

She meant that whatever she was preparing could be stretched a bit further by simply adding another potato.

It didn’t matter to her that we really didn’t have any potatoes or much of anything else; she always shared.

I have had a Japanese sister and infant niece, white brothers and sisters and a slew of other folks who became family.

My mother accepted everyone regardless of race, orientation and even class. (We once had a family member whose family could have bought our entire town, but he’d been kicked out of his home because of he was gay.)

When I asked my mother why she gave away what little we had, she said that we could always share with someone who had less and that by doing so, we were bringing true wealth to our own lives.

We all need each other. Even when our own pot is low, we still have something we can share.

This morning, I got a note from a woman who shares everything she has with anyone in need.

 Carolle Jean Murat, M.D. has offered her services, care, home and income to anyone in need. For years she has provided for a community in Haiti that was poor before the hurricane and devastated afterwards.

Her insight before the hurricane helped save the lives of those she was serving.

She will be going back down with a team and needs our help.

Here is a link to read more and to give a small donation to those who need more than you. Anything will help.

By adding another potato to someone in need, we add true wealth to the home of humanity.

I love you.

Be you, be well, be wonderful.

Bertice Berry, PhD.

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