I think that sometimes we forget just how crucial each human life is to this planet.
Allow me to reference the cliche story about the man throwing starfish back into the ocean, a simple story. A man is walking along the shoreline, picking up starfish and gently tossing them back into the ocean waves. He is approached by a stranger, who promptly tells him that he is wasting his time, and he couldn't possibly make a difference by himself. He responds with a lesson we should all learn, "I made a difference to that one."
If we could stop worrying about trying to change the entire world, and just focus on helping one person at a time, eventually, it would change the world. When the day comes that you are breathing your final breaths, it won't matter what car you had, the home you lived in, the items that you purchased, etc. All that will matter is the family and friends that surround you, and the good deeds that you have done to give your life meaning and long lasting effect.
Every day you live is a chance to make a difference. One simple, random act of kindness, can change the course of someone's entire day.
My husband often teases me when we go through tolls on the interstate. As long as I have the cash, I pay the toll twice, once for myself, and then I tell the toll operator to pay for the car behind me. For all I know, the person driving that vehicle behind me in traffic could really use the $1.50 that the toll would've cost them. If not, it made them smile and perhaps reminded them that there is still good in the world.
I challenge you, dear readers, to perform one small act of kindness towards a stranger.
If you don't want to tell me what kindness that was, a simple "Challenge Accepted" would be wonderful!
Alyssa Reinbolt - Creator of the Helping Hands group in Bradenton. When the best choice for her family was to relocate to Venice, she left the Bradenton group in capable hands and started a new branch.