Thursday, April 24, 2014

A "View of the Week": On Making A Difference :-)

It is another beautiful day as I begin another "Virtual Run" in the blog channels.     The idea of creating a "vision of the possible" starts with some random acts of kindness.   The folks @ Simple Truths sent out this sense of purpose that would ultimately determine whether we will making a difference--it is ever so possible: 


When you think about a random act of kindness you can do today, remember these 3 things:
1. Anyone can make a difference. When 8-year-old Katelyn Indelicato heard about a local man who was shot and paralyzed as an innocent bystander in a drive-by shooting, she wanted to help him any way she could. She emptied her own piggy bank and raised money to pay for a physical therapy session for a complete stranger who was going through a tough time. “Anyone can make a difference,” Katelyn said. “You can be more than what you are right now. You can do more than what you’ve already done.”

If a 3rd grader can make a difference, you can too.

(From Why Not Me? Young People Making a Difference in the World p. 32)
2. A single small act of goodwill has the potential to make a huge difference. In 1963, Edward Lorenz presented a hypothesis to the New York Academy of Science: A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, in turn moving more molecules of air—eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet. He was laughed out of the conference, his hypothesis preposterous. More than thirty years later, the butterfly effect was found to be authentic, accurate, and viable.

Just like the flap of a butterfly’s wings can cause a hurricane, an act of kindness by one person can make the world a more positive place.

(From The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters p. 6)
3. Don’t forget to pass it on. It feels so great when someone goes out of their way to do something nice for you, doesn’t it? Pass that feeling on by doing a good deed for someone else because kindness is like a snowball that’s rolling down a hill. Each unselfish act or word is another snowflake that greets the others… creating something much larger than itself in the process.

(From The Power of Kindness p. 33)
Many small people, in many small places, do many small things, that can alter the face of the world. -Anonymous

It is also to remember this admonition from William Wordsworth:

The best portion of a good man's life is his little,
nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
- William Wordsworth 

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