"If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path." This Buddhist saying is one that we should all keep in mind this holiday season: When we help our neighbor, we are really helping ourselves.
Service to others-whether it means donating an extra can of food to the local shelter, loaning your car to a friend so he can apply for a job or even picking up garbage as you walk down your street-all makes a difference.
As they say, no man is an island entire of itself. We are all involved members of the human race, whether we like it or not.
Holidays on Your Corner. Santa, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife, Ann, invite everyone to view the Christmas display on the front lawn of the County Building, 200 South High St. in Wailuku. County employees gathered last week to mark the official lighting of the 18-foot Monterey Pine tree, which was donated by the Arakawas, with special thanks to Kula Botanical Gardens. The Christmas tree features energy-saving LED lights and decorations made by the mayor’s staff. The tree will be lit from 5 to 9 p.m. every day until Christmas.
So take some time out while shopping for gifts this year and make sure you give of yourself, as much as you give of your pocketbook. Get your kids involved, too, so that they can see your good example and emulate it one day themselves.
It does not have to be a big thing. You don't have to save the world with your bare hands-no one does. But if everyone does something small, we will see big changes in our community.
You can start by checking out the County of Maui Volunteer Center Website at www.handsonmaui.com to see what kind of volunteer opportunities are available. Maui Economic Opportunity has many volunteer opportunities available, and you can also check in with your neighborhood church or school.
Your contribution could be as simple as just paying more attention to your family, spending more time with your children and/or spouse or helping your sick neighbor with some yard work.
We can all make a difference; there are opportunities all around us. In this depressed economy, it is very easy to get down on ourselves and feel like there is nothing we can do.
You can do something. We can all do something. Small gifts of service done with love are the greatest gifts any human being can receive.
Happy Holidays to you all and thank you again for making Maui County the best community in the world.
Mayor Alan Arakawa