Helping Our Fellow Man

In my last post, I mentioned that Barbara Seagram taught a session at our local bridge club. What I didn’t discuss was a significant aspect of this. Yes, it was teaching about bridge (defending against no trump contracts), but the other aspect is that Barbara, and others, are putting a significant effort into raising funds to help their fellow men. They are raising money to purchase water filters for the villages of Laos.

I don’t want to repeat the information about the program that Barbara and a friend of hers, Patti Lee, are involved with as you can read about it and see pictures at:

Adopt a Village in Laos

What I would like to point out is that there are people in the world, like Barbara, Patti and Steve Rutledge (see the above site) that devote significant portions of their lives to helping others — they are people who care.

If you happen to be religious (any religion), you might like a poem I was reminded of when writing the first paragraph. It was a poem I learnt as a child and which I’ve always liked. I was reminded of it when I used the phrase “fellow men”.

Abou Ben Adhem

by Leigh Hunt

Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel writing in a book of gold:—
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said,
“What writest thou?”—The vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord,
Answered, “The names of those who love the Lord.”
“And is mine one?” said Abou. “Nay, not so,”
Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerly still; and said, “I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that loves his fellow men.”

The angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blest,
And lo! Ben Adhem’s name led all the rest.

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