Sunday, November 11, 2012

Perpetual Thanksgiving: Dr. Paul Farmer

Every season of life creates an opportunity to experience a fresh idea of what enjoyment truly means. As I enter this season of Thanksgiving, my thoughts of gratitude and appreciation turn toward extraordinary people I have met at the library, beginning with the librarians. They in turn have introduced me to heroes like Dr. Paul Farmer, who has dedicated his life to fighting medical injustice in the poorest countries on earth. 

Mountains Beyond Mountains is a life changing read. As Dr. Farmer explains it, meaningful enjoyment can be found in misery, because light is meant to shine in darkness. That is where the real magic happens. Many of the daily messages we receive through the media, well meaning friends and family, even our own instincts, are often the antithesis of real pleasure or purpose.

I'm sharing this bookmark, and hope you're inspired to read his personal mission of serving and caring for the poor. The library has book club kits if you are interested in reading Mountains Beyond Mountains for your next book club.

Dr. Farmer's mother read Cry The Beloved Country (another life changing read) to him when he was young. It was my favorite read aloud with Nicholas this year. 

 A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge. 
~ Proverbs 29:7
A life of perpetual thanksgiving is found in appreciation of our individual purpose and gratitude for those that have shared theirs to help others.

xoxo Michele

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