Lesson 4: Help others with the resources you have

As 2020 winds down and the Christmas holiday approaches, this lesson continues to resonate with me. Everyone has resources. Our resources are different, but everyone has resources to be used for good. Our grandparents, Bop and Gram had different resources, but they each used them for good causes.

Bop was a handy man. He learned how to use tools, and fix things from an early age because he didn’t have much. When something didn’t work, Bop figured out how to make it work. He helped others by using his craftsman resources. He didn’t see the point in paying money for something you could do yourself. So when Bop helped others, he was generous with his time and handy skills. He took great joy in fixing things for others, but his real joy was taking the time to teach others how to do it for themselves. One example of this is when Kevin helped Bop replace the countertops in his parent’s kitchen. Bop coached Kevin to make the cuts for the countertops, and was patient. 

As a child, Gram witnessed her parents’ generosity of providing meals for those in need from their apricot and walnut ranch. When she married my grandfather, and his business grew, Gram had the resources to donate to causes she believed in. Gram had the financial resources to help others. She was an avid reader, and wanted others to have the opportunity to read books, so she helped grow the Colton Library. She also gave her time and resources to stay active within her community through many women’s organizations.

Even though Bop and Gram had different resources, they taught us to use the resources we have for good.

Thank you for reading!


Author: Kristen Hahn

Creative and passionate realist. Daughter, Sister, Wife, and Mom. I believe in the power of our mindsets, education, and being the change we wish to see in the world. We do better and find more joy when we embrace our imperfections and speak up about what we want to change.

One thought on “Lesson 4: Help others with the resources you have”

  1. Kristen I love your insights into Gram and Iam learning things that I never knew about both Gram and Bop!

    Happy Holidays
    Aunt Niki


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