Monday, July 03, 2006

Making a Difference

There are all kinds of explanations for why people get hurt - but no good reasons.

Sometimes watching the evening news with all the terror, hurting, disease and pain is a challenge. It's not something you can watch while you are eating dinner.

I have said it before and will say it again...Life is not fair. Very seldom are things done in the world the way we would do them. Which is why we pray "...thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

But if we lose hope that we can make a difference then we never will make a difference. There are lots of things in this world that we have no control over. We cannot control who will live or die tomorrow in Afghanistan. We cannot control who will get a transplant and who will not. We cannot control who cancer will strike next.

Do not focus on what you cannot control. Put your focus elsewhere.

We can control, to some degree, our immediate world. We can determine what kind of person we will be today and tomorrow. What decisions can we make that will positively affect our home, workplace and community?

We all can make a difference to the people around us and the people who depend upon us.

In January the folks from Transitional Housing came to my garden club and asked for some assistance in building a serenity garden for the women there. These are women who have come off the streets, or just out of jail or come from abusive relationships. It’s about five miles from my house.

Last Thursday evening I had the privilege of being there for the dedication of the garden. It’s a quiet, green spot of peace in a bustling city for people who need a place to rest.

I cannot help every homeless person – but I can help those within my reach.

Larry James has inspired me to do more... you should be getting a daily dose of Larry... click on the "Making a Difference" link above.


At 11:01 AM, Blogger Larry James said...

J, thanks for your kindness and for your post.


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