– Lucy Larcom, hymnist
I received this email this morning and I had to post it to you all, especially today…
Lighting fires in the cold
It is very easy to complain about the state of the world and
point fingers, especially when you’re having a bad day. What is not so
easy–and yet desperately needed at times–is for people to step up and make a difference. Don’t be intimidated by others, wallow in your own negative feelings, or sit back and assume someone will do it when you are capable yourself! Relating to others around you isn’t always easy, but lending a helping hand, extending a hand in friendship, or
expressing a word of encouragement can make a big difference to someone. The fate of many has been changed by the actions of just one person who has grown tired of “how it’s always been done” and instead turns and does something more positive. The world does not demand of you to give your entire life, but we can all be instruments of positive change. What can you do to make this world better?
Whether it is feeling led to go to Honduras, saying no to drugs, or just being a friend to someone who needs it, there are so many little things that we can do to make a difference.
I meet so many people that think they are too small to help, too little a fish in such an enormous pond; I used to think like that, still do sometimes. One thing I have learned though is this: One ripple can stir the ocean. It may not be in ways that you can see immediately, but one small act, something simple that you may think nothing of, may change someone’s life. Just like something so simple as a pair of shoes, something we all take for granted that we have (and usually have more than one pair of); getting a pair of shoes when you have never had one…that is life changing.
Packing up to head out for the event, brownies in tow…
Quoted from the Daily Spark.