January 31, 2019
We often wonder what difference one person can make in the world. And we’re overwhelmed with the challenges of life and the issues that loom over us in the world, we may wonder if there’s anything we can do.
Two weeks ago at our Tuesday with Ted gathering, we watched the Ted Talk by Cleo Wade. Her soft and gentle, yet firm, voice and her poetic words urged us to just do one thing. One action can make a difference. One word of hope can make a difference. Her book,
is filled with original poems, mantras, and affirmations such as "Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care."
On January 12, at the service of thanksgiving for the life of Allen Routzahn, we were reminded that one of Allen’s mantras was, “Do it anyway.” This was inspired by words credited to Mother Teresa:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
We may not feel like we’re making a difference but does it mean something isn’t changing in our life or someone else’s life? So, let’s continue to spread love and hope and peace in acts of kindness, one act, and one word at a time. God will bless those acts and words and multiply them in ways we cannot even imagine.