Monday, July 13, 2009
CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE
When one looks at all the so called "problems" of this world it sure can seem a daunting task if we as individuals can really make a difference. But too many times good intentioned folks will just shake their heads and do nothing because of the magnitude of the problems. You, know as well as I do that we can make a difference even if it is just a simple thing we do. All of us have a unique talent to give to this world if only we will. My favorite story concerning doing small things to help is one I read about years ago.Famous Amos( the cookie king) was walking along the beach early one morning and saw a young boy picking up starfish that had been washed up on the shore and tossing them back into the ocean. The shore was covered with thousands of these starfish. Amos caught up with the young boy and asked him what he was doing. He said Im throwing these starfish back in the water before the sun kills all of them. Amos asked him if he really thought he was making a difference just throwing a few of them back in the water because there was no way he could throw all of them back. The boy picked up a starfish, tossed it into the waters and said " I dont know but it sure did make a difference to that one." And the lesson here is for us to do what we can when we can to help as many people as possible. I will use the quote from Anita Roddick to end todays entry."If you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't been in bed with a mosquito."