There was an old man walking along the beach; when he came up on a young boy throwing starfish back into the Ocean. You can’t save all of them you know; he told the boy. I can save them one at a time; the boy replied. I do not remember where I first heard that short story; however, as short as it is I have never forgot it.
I am only one person but by doing nothing I will never make any change. If just one person’s life is changed by what I write I have made a difference. It is easy to complain about how bad things are in this town, state, country or world. It is just as easy to do one thing for another person to make their life better.
Where to start?
Start at home, in your own neighborhood. Is there an elderly couple that need some yard work done? How about a young mother with a couple of small children who could use a break?
There was a movie out years ago, “Pay it Forward” I do not remember who was in it or who was the director, but the story hit home.
A woman named, Jo Crawford, tells a story of how she watched a woman with two small children walking carrying two black trash bags filled with all they owned; most likely victims of domestic abuse. She knew the scene well because Jo was a volunteer at a shelter for the abused.
Jo Crawford started a non-profit organization called Web of Benefit. (https://www.WebOfBenefit.org ) This organization was set up to fund grants for survivors of domestic abuse. Once Jo got the word out about what she was doing family and friends were donating, time and money to help women in the shelter to take the first steps to put their lives back together again.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Teresa
I think of Mother Teresa and how that tiny woman did what a hundred people wish they could do. The sad thing is those hundred people do nothing. We just have to save one starfish at a time.
“Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.” Author unknown
No act of kindness is too small. A simple card to an elderly person in a nursing home will help make that person’s day. There are so many in the nursing homes that are forgotten by families and just a card with their name on the envelope put in the hand of an elderly forgotten soul is priceless. I never thought the cards I sent to a local nursing home as a big deal. Then someone told me how the ladies would take their cards to the dining room at lunch time to show the cards off.