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Saturday, October 25, 2008

What If Everybody Did?

A post by one of my blogging friends inspired me this morning. Lets face it there are many, many problems in our world today. From where we are headed as a society and our morals, to world hunger, environmental issues, the AIDS crisis and more. It is quite overwhelming to know where to begin to remedy all of these problems.

Most of us are so overwhelmed we do nothing. Why bother? What difference can I make? What ever I do is so small it wont matter.

I recall a book one of my sons read for school years ago called What If Everybody Did? It was a humorous short story about things such as what if everybody threw their wrappers on the ground? Then it shows the streets littered over our heads with paper. The story gave many more humorous examples of what a mess our world would be if everybody was as inconsiderate.

What if we thought of that saying in opposite terms? What if everybody fed just one hungry person today? What if everyone visited just one lonely person? What if everyone mentored just one young person? What if everyone picked up a piece of litter from their neighborhood?

Sure picking up one piece of trash today isn't going to end pollution, but What If Everybody Did? Giving a sandwich to one homeless person isn't going to end world hunger, but What If Everybody Did?

Alone we may not be able to do much, but if we all did something, just one thing each think how much that would be all put together?

Here are some quotes for meditation that I shared with my friend:

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
We can do no great things, only small things with great love.
Good works are links that form a chain of love.
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. ~
All quotes by Mother Teresa

2 comments:

The Cooking Lady said...

I sleep better at night knowing that my little bit does indeed make a difference.

They say don't sweat the small stuff, I say it's the small stuff that change is made from.

appleleaf said...

You're absolutely right! In fact, what a great reminder the phrase, "What if everybody did?" is. Those quotes by Mother Teresa are excellent, too.