I wish I could do more for the poor, hurt, abused, sad, and scared people in the world. Sometimes get sad because I want to do something BIG in the way of charity, something GREAT that will help millions of people, something like Bill Gates has done with his philanthropic venture to not only sign away most of his own money to charities–but convincing fellow billionaires to do the same!
Then there’s me. It feels a little lame to think about who I’ve helped compared to the people Bill Gates has helped. Okay, let’s scale that statement down by comparing me to normal people, and I will STILL seem lame. Compare the number of people I’ve helped to…for example, those my Grandma helped, or my sister who volunteers at a home for the elderly, or my son’s teacher who takes in abandoned animals and nurses them back to health until they are adopted.
Well, it’s quotes like these below that help remind me that it doesn’t require doing millions of hours of volunteer work to help and make a difference…It’s the choices I make by the minute, the hour, the day, and the week–who do I smile at? Who do I encourage? Who do I lift up? Or, who do I tear down? Who do I listen to? Who do I talk to death? Who do I pay attention to? And who do I ignore? Do I tip well, or do I give the absolute bare minimum to that driver who’s slaving away to earn a living for his family?
These things do seem important, but even as I try really hard to be nice and helpful and not get snappy with people even when they get snappy with me (DIFFICULT), I still get sad that I can’t help more people, I can’t take away children’s pain, I can’t give homeless people a home, I can’t do this, I can’t do that–due to limitations of time, money, and other resources…
So boy did I LOVE THESE QUOTES I read by Mother Teresa:
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.”
Enjoy those words. And now it’s time for bed. (I have not been very disciplined about bedtime lately, but I am very determined, and this blog is not stopping me from going to bed this INSTANT. )
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