I have a client who comes in every year to file her taxes and I always enjoy visiting with her. This particular client is blind and due to having a preexisting condition, she is denied certain benefits (sometimes, I really hate our system,) anyway, she receives disability and she has a small vending machine business, she uses whatever money she earns from the vending machines to knit hats for premature babies, which she donates to the local hospital.
She doesn’t earn a lot from her vending machine business, in fact; it’s not even enough that she would have to claim had she been working for someone else, but since it’s her own company, Maryland law states that she has to file, and almost always she has to pay the state something.
The tax preparer asked her why she still continues to do it, when she knows every year she’s going to have to pay the state back. Her response?
“Because without that little bit of income I wouldn’t be able to knit hats for preemies, and they need it more than I do.”
The tax preparer and I exchanged glances and I thought to myself, here is a woman, with very little income, in her forties, still relies on her mom as a caregiver, and she has the best outlook on life of any one I have ever met.
She sat there the entire time talking about how blessed she is to have a family that loves her, that because she’s blind her other senses are heightened and she enjoys feeling the sunshine on her face, and listening to the birds chirp, and she feels so happy. She even thanked God for giving her the ability to give back in some small way, even if it means she has to pay a little something every year in order to do it.
It really puts things into perspective, we could all learn a lesson from her. I often think of her whenever the world starts to bring me down, when I start to feel bad about my life and how sometimes things are so unfair. I think about all of the things I take for granted, the things that others are not so fortunate to enjoy, and I remind myself of how much joy I really do find in the little things and my spirits are lifted once again!
I’m wishing you all a wonderful week!
Love & life lessons,