From The Heart

Our friend Anne left yesterday for the rehabilitation facility. The last I heard from her, her bags were packed and she was getting to say goodbye to some of her friends. The package did not arrive yet but there will be someone at the house to get it and take it to her when it does get there. And now to the reason for this post.

From My Heart

I don’t wish to ruffle any feathers because everyone has been so very nice and positive, yet I feel the need to share a few things. Just know that the positive comments are appreciated and the emails are also wonderful to read. The thing is, what I did for Anne, I would have done for any of you as well. I don’t deserve anything other than a thank you from Anne should she feel courteous enough to do so. And, she did! She is very grateful for the outpouring of love and help from our blogging community.

What bothers me is that what I did for Anne, should be the norm. It should not be so uncommon for people to see one human help another. It really bothered me that I received so much praise for what should be commonplace. It should not be such a surprise that I showed compassion and helped a ‘stranger’. Anne is no stranger. She is just a sister of mine and yours, we have not met. We are all a part of the larger human family. It saddens me that people don’t find it within their own hearts to reach out more.

I’m not suggesting that anyone can just go help anybody in every situation. For instance if you had asked me to walk the halls of a pediatric oncology unit, I could not do that. I would cause more problems than good with the tears streaming down my face.

Life is precious. You only get one. Do things for others that you would like to have done for yourself in a time of need. Thank you all who helped encourage Anne and the nice words you had for me.

I hope you understand that this post is from the heart and is not a directed at any one person, just people in general.


(photo credit by TiaraMia)


  1. #1 by annerifficweak on November 17, 2012 - 2:33 AM

    hi kuya tom, I’m back from the rehabilitation center. i messaged you on your email but there isn’t any response yet. i hope to get a message from you, soooon. i miss you.


  2. #2 by Michelle on January 11, 2012 - 6:30 AM

    Well said, Tom.

  3. #4 by Bluejellybeans on January 11, 2012 - 5:12 AM

    Hi Tom, I’m still landing after our trip to Panama, so I had no idea what had happened to your friend Anne. What have you done confirms what a great person you are. Sorry for not being here to help.
    God bless you, happy new year!

    • #5 by Tom Baker on January 11, 2012 - 6:48 AM

      You’ve been away so long I think you deserve two Gi’s! GiGi, I hope you had a wonderful time. I missed your posts so I hope you get back into the swing of things forthwith! Happy New Year to you as well and there will be more packages if you want to help. I thank IC Carl for all his help. He wanted to take care of all the books and mailings. I thank all those who sent money as well.

      I hope to hear about your Panamanian trip in some of your future posts!

  4. #6 by TemptingSweets99 on January 11, 2012 - 12:47 AM

    She is in my thoughts and prayers.

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