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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Errands for Ethan

The time has been escaping me, but I wanted to put up a note about this before I totter off to bed tonight.

Today, March 26, is the one-year anniversary of the passing of Ethan Ellsworth, he was 7 years old.  Ethan was the son of a good friend of mine.  The family decided, in honor of Ethan, that they would spend the day doing random acts of kindness for other people.  They invited family and friends to do the same.

So today, literally thousands of people were doing "Errands for Ethan."  It was such a lovely experience for me.  As I read about what others did, my heart was touched and I couldn't help but be grateful for a day like this, when so many were focused on doing good for those around them.

I spent the day in consultations, as usual.  But today, at the end of each session, I let the families know about Errands for Ethan.  Then I informed them that my errand today was to do their consultation pro bono.  Most of the families were touched, but still insisted on paying me.  So I asked them, instead, to donate the money to their nearest food bank or shelter.  More than once my heart overflowed when the amount of donation was reported to be far more than the cost of the consultation.

Ethan, today you have brought food and shelter to literally hundreds of the homeless and needy of the world.  There was money donated in the United States, Ukraine, China, Australia, and Poland today.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this great experience.  My heart is full.  My eyes are moist.  And my soul is in peaceful contemplation of the power of one to touch so many.

God bless this family and the sweet boy who left them all-too-soon, but whose heart and spirit still inspire us to be better than we are.

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