What Money Can’t Buy

Sketch of Lorraine donating bloodMonday night I made my 19th blood donation.

Sadly, with only being able to donate 4 times a year, there won’t be any lifetime donation records broken around here.

That’s okay.

The point is contributing, not competing.

Gratefully, my personal targets are still very much within reach – 20 this year and 25 by the end of next.

Being diligent with regular appointments instead of now and then makes me feels like I’m donating on behalf of those who can’t.


Donating blood also reminds me about all that money can’t buy.

A reminder I’d say that can’t happen often enough.

Like a friendly smile.

Shoveling a neighbor’s sidewalk or driveway.

Volunteering your time, your home and/or your heart.

Offering an sincere compliment out of the blue.


I suppose the true remembering, which also can’t be said often enough, is life is a contact sport.

We’re in this together.

There’s no getting away from each other, however hard we try.

Dissension, diversity and differences are welcome.

And make us better.

Division, not so much.


We’re at our best for doing our best to bring out the best in others.

Sometimes it’s easy

A lot of times it’s pretty messy.

All of the time it’s about bringing ourselves to the game.


The next time you have a chance to connect with another –

whether a micro moment in passing to something longer term –

choose that.

Because in the end you’re choosing you.


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Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.

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