The last time I donated blood, there was a couple with a young daughter, maybe four or five years old, in the waiting room. When the mommy was just about ready to donate, she called her daughter over from the children’s reading area, and said, “Look! My blood will flow through this tube into this bag, and then it will go to somebody that needs it.” The little girl’s eyes widened and she smiled when the blood began to flow. The sweet technician, Brittany, said, “Giving blood can save someone’s life.” The little girl promptly asked if she could have some juice and a cookie, and in that same moment, I was having an epiphany. “Giving blood can save someone’s life.” Can save someone’s LIFE. Of course, I knew that, I’d heard it a hundred times before, and have donated for years, but somehow, in the purity of that moment, and in seeing this woman teach her daughter something so powerful, so not afraid of needles or of the idea of giving blood, but so willing to teach this to her daughter, I was completely struck by the magnitude of the statement.
Science clearly shows us that every thought we think is followed by a chemical response in the body. Thoughts are processed in the brain, and then chemicals are secreted via the endocrine system, directly into the bloodstream. We can literally put loving energy into our blood, through our loving thinking. When we give blood, we have a beautiful opportunity to pray for the recipient, to wish them health and well-being. We can pray that our gift of blood will not only restore someone’s health, but will restore their faith in humanity, and inspire them to help in whatever ways they can. Donating blood is an amazing process that does save lives. Every day.
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