The Lighter Side of Transformation

Observed and reported by Lisa Wessan, LICSW

The awe and wonder of giving blood…

Lisa Wessan, advocating for blood donation at Red Cross.

Lisa Wessan, advocating for blood donation at Red Cross.

For most people, during the month of December we look for ways to give extra love, charity, dinners, trips, gifts, bonuses…we are in an intense giving mode.   I wish for every dollar spent at the mall someone donated blood — saving approximately three lives per donation — now that’s massively good giving!

What’s great about donating blood is that you can give it away every eight weeks, at the most, or any amount of times after that during the year.  You can give at each seasonal equinox, or twice a year, whatever you donate, it’s all good.

Back in New York City, when I worked at Elmhurst-Mt. Sinai Hospital, they gave staff three hours of comp’ time for every blood donation…that was quite an incentive in the day.  You can be sure I parked myself in the blood donor room every 58 days to acquire that much sought after comp’ time!   ^.^

So yesterday I went to donate blood at a nearby corporate site at Crosspoint Towers, in Lowell, MA. Each time I give blood I am reminded of the great mystery of our blood, and how it works tirelessly to keep us alive,  coupled  with the awe and  wonder of the human body.   Plus the amazing process by which the Red Cross extracts my blood and delivers it to someone who needs it — just astounding.  So well done.  Bravo!  Kudos to the Red Cross for your exemplary service.

So here’s your reminder that an opportunity awaits you…do you want to raise your self-esteem? Do estimable acts!  Giving blood is a mood changer, uplifter and total Mitzvah blessing, in the full sense of the word.  Go for it! Click here to find nearest donation center in USA.

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