Tuesday, January 12, 2016

'I'm only one person'

I'm feeling grateful today. It's snowing ever so gently, so the landscape outside my office window is just beautiful—all clean and white with diamond-studded snow. And I'm safely ensconced inside my house, all warm and cozy. I'm not a real fan of winter, but this is picture postcard-beautiful.

At the same time, I'm feeling sad for the large number of Americans (and others around the world) who are homeless. While I enjoy the warmth and comfort of home, many others will sleep in a cardboard box, under a bridge or in a doorway somewhere.

Honestly, I have a difficult time wrapping my head around this sometimes. How can this be—in one of the wealthiest nations on earth?

It all comes back to me, though: What am I doing to help those who find themselves in such a situation? What am I doing to bring about the changes necessary so this won't be? It's so easy to say, "I'm just one person. I have no power." That's too easy, though, and we shouldn't be off the hook so easily. There are things to be done—ways to help. Many opportunities are out there if we just look.

Whatever the community or societal problem you and I see, let's find ways we can help. Every person's action adds up. Before long we see that, together, we have made a difference.

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