A Small Difference…
I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced that they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another. ~Ellen Goodman~
It’s not some moment of extraordinary heroism or achievement that comprises the true character and substance of one’s life. Those that are most often remembered, and have the greatest impact on our world, are they that strive day after day, to make some small difference in the lives of those around them. Never forget, that one small gesture of love, kindness, compassion, understanding or support can change a life forever. And all of those small acts create a ripple effect, that carries on to others, on and on, far beyond that which we ourselves may recognize or perceive.
Thought for the day
When was the last time you smiled at the immigrant bus boy that cleans your table off? Often they go through days without receiving acknowledgment of their humanity and existence. How about the handicapped person who is often looked at with pity thru sad eyes… do you think they could use a smile, a warm word, even a teasing joke. They also are blessed with humor and ache to laugh and savor joyful moments.
The ability to change the world rests in the hands of those who are willing to silently and without fanfare, leave each person that they meet, in some small way better off from the encounter. Let’s make a point of saying hello to all who we encounter with their heads down, those who look sad or those who look like they have less than we do. Remember what you were like when you walked in the door of your 12 Step fellowship? How about hugging a newcomer? How about telling the old man moving at the pace of a turtle with the aid of a walker to “hurry up”… with a smile on your face of course. I’m sure he will smile back at you!
If you are wise and understand God’s ways, live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth. And if you don’t brag about the good you do, then you will be truly wise! ~James 3:13 (NLT)~