The story captured the world’s attention: Captain Sir Tom Moore was recently knighted by the Queen of England in her first public engagement since the Covid-lockdown. Moore, who is 100 years old, raised 32 million pounds (from over 1.5 million individual donations) for NHS charities by walking laps around his garden in Bedfordshire.
“This is such a high award and to get it from her majesty as well- what more can anyone wish for? This has been an absolutely magnificent day for me.” He said.
Just look at that picture of the Queen (94) and Sir Moore (100).. Don’t you get the feeling that they are sharing a bit of a “moment?” These two, at an almost combined 200 years, may have unlocked the secret to a long, relevant and vibrant life don’t you think?
Can you imagine being 100 years old, waking up one morning during a pandemic and thinking, “You know what? I want to raise money to fight this damn disease!
Giving back is truly the ‘secret sauce’ to a fulfilled life.
We belong to a church that has been super active during Covid-19, converting sanctuaries into warehouses, collecting and distributing food to the community and supporting area hospital staff. I have been way too scared to get involved in any of these efforts because of Covid..but this week-end they are setting up a drop off zone for parishioners to bring prepackaged “hygiene supplies” to be handed out at hurricane shelters, should they need to open before a storm. Finally..a completely SAFE way to help! I can’t tell you how great it feels to get off the sidelines-even in such a small way.
Big or small, there is ALWAYS a way to give back, and you know what? It makes you feel relevant, needed and like another point of light in so much darkness.
Sometimes, like Sir Moore, you have to get a bit creative and think of ways to give back on your own.
Sometimes the opportunities appear right in front of you..so keep your eyes open! Nothing cheers the soul and energizes a tired and bored spirit like giving back.