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When was the last time you felt full?

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There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; … when you learn to live for others, they will live for you. – Paramahansa Yogananda 

Well, May is over and it’s time for June. This month was a busy month traveling and I was fortunate to meet new friends along the way. These last 30 days was an act of selflessnessfor me. I felt like it was a month to be of service. I volunteered to drive 9 hours to Richmond, VA, to do promotional work for our show Lady Patriot written by Ted Lange. No one asked, I just said when and where do you need me. Yes, I was busy and tired and had a long list of things to do, but my gut told me to do it anyway. A few days out of my busy schedule was not going to kill me to help a group of nuns raise money for their land.
I had no idea that act of selflessness would have such an impact on a community, a group of nuns, my cast, and more importantly me. It’s amazing something so minor to me, gave hope to others and inspired the Richmond community to come out and support our show. Because of that act of selflessness, we were able to raise money for the nuns at Francis Emma Inc. that built schools during the 1890′s to help educate African American and Native American children in Powahatan, VA. One of those students is a cast member in Lady Patriot, Lou Beatty Jr., who went there in the 60′s and said that school saved his life.
But with all that being said, you know what?  I was the one who was blessed. I met a group of people that I felt like I had known my whole life. I bonded with my cast like I had never done before, and I came back home feeling full and inspired. Who would of known that split second decision to say, “Whatever you need, I am there,” would lead to hundreds of people being touched.
When was the last time you did something selfless for someone or for an organization and you felt full from doing it? Make that a goal in the next few weeks. Help a friend, a coworker, volunteer for the homeless, for veteran, the elderly, or even a group of nuns! That act of kindness will be small to you, but will give someone else hope and help them feel full.
Even the smallest act or caring for another person is like a drop of water- it will make ripples throughout the entire pond… Jessy and Bryan Matteo


Selfie! Opening night!


With Appreciation,
Chrystee Pharris