Thursday, July 23, 2009
make a difference
I am a firm believer that each and every person can make a difference in someone's life, someone's world - actually, when we make a difference in one person's life, we are making a difference in the world. I believe in being a giver - and one can NEVER give too much!!!
Being blessed with the most generous father anyone could have - who was also the wisest man I have ever known - not only told me to be a giving person, but showed me every day by example. He never sat on a church pew that I can recall, yet he displayed more compassion, understanding and generosity than anyone who I ever knew who went to church. I never heard him criticize or say anything bad about another person. And he NEVER NEVER saw anyone - no matter their religious views, beliefs, skin color, or nationality anything other than a human being. I was taught to embrace others individuality, to think outside my own box. Dad believed that if we open our hearts and minds and allow others to teach us their ways and beliefs, it will enlighten us and allow us to become more of who we are meant to be.
I have a long way to go before I become half the person my father was, (and I may never) but, he taught me well, and to always stand up for another, and that, I will do! He taught me that I am not put on the earth for pure enjoyment, but to help others and make a difference in the life of another.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~Dr. Seuss