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How Have You Been Helped? Stories of ...

In this Reflection, you can think about how your family has been helped and how those stories influence the way you help others.

How Have You Been Helped? Stories of Gratitude

In this Reflection, you can think about how your family has been helped and how those stories influence the way you help others.


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In her video interview, Karla Chavez bravely tells her story of moving from Mexico to the U.S. with her mother, an act that Karla says “saved her life.” Karla’s attitude is striking because many people seem to be telling Karla that her mother is to blame for the difficult situation that Karla is in. Yet Karla only shows gratitude. By recognizing what her mother has given to her, Karla is able to give to others, tell her story, and advocate for people who, like her, could benefit from policies like DACA.
 

Karla’s story tells us something really important about gratitude: the more you recognize how you’ve been helped, the more willing you are to give to others. Whether we recognize it, each of us has been helped in someway. There are small stories. Maybe it’s financial aid for school or a neighbor brought your family food when a parent was sick. And there are big stories: Maybe, like Karla, a parent moved you to a new place to save your life. Perhaps your family’s experience of being helped is completely different, but probably along the way, help came from somewhere. Whether we realize it, these stories, big or small, shape the way you help others. Remember: By telling your stories of being helped, you can also inspire people in your life to help others.
 

  • What are your stories of being helped? How have these stories shaped the way you help others?
  • In your life, what are you thankful for? How can you use this gratitude to affect those in need?

 

Be thankful. Tell your story of gratitude. Help others.
 

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