You Can Make a Difference

As a little girl I wanted to stop and help everyone I saw on the side of the road, give them a ride, bring them food or clothes… something. Of course I had a mother who was a lot more interested in keeping me safe than allowing this idea to develop. Especially my insistence that I would buy a van when I grew up so that I could drive them wherever they were trying to go. Of course at that time I didn’t know how much I would later hate driving or be directionally challenged getting anywhere.

As a child we envision being able to help everyone in some way, we think we can change the world. Somewhere along the way, we lose our childish ideas and start to get swamped by our day to day lives. Time, responsibilities and life get in the way. We decide that we can’t change the world all alone. Perhaps we can’t, but we can do something. There is no excuse for refusing to do anything to help others, one at a time. We are blessed with so much we are practically obligated to give back where we can. It only takes a moment to do something, whether you volunteer your time feeding the homeless once a month or take on helping abused or neglected children, it matters. It may not impact the world as a whole, but it impacts the life of that one person more than you may ever know.

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