Wednesday, May 4, 2016

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD




   Look at the people around you; your family, your friends, your coworkers and the random people that you meet in your day. What are your thoughts and feelings about these people when you encounter them? Outside of those who are closest to you, do you give any thought or compassion to those individuals who cross your path as you go about your hectic schedule? Do you go through your day just considering your own needs and being blind to the needs of others? If you see an elderly person struggling with her groceries, do you help? If you see a stranger on the street looking dejected or in tears, do you approach them and offer an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on? When you see the homeless person, do you offer some spare change or do you hurry past him hoping to be unnoticed? When you see a mother overloaded with too many packages and holding the hands of small children, do you hold the door for her, or do you let it close behind you as if she were not even there? The people you meet, the people you see, they are all your brothers and sisters. It doesn't matter what the color of their skin is, or what religion they adhere to. They're human beings and they are a part of you just as much as you are a part of them. Everything we do matters, planet earth is the great cosmic classroom. We are not here just to be consumed with self and grab all we can to make ourselves feel safe and secure. We are here to help others, to give compassion and love to our fellow man and woman. To ignore the needs of others, is to ignore the greatest spiritual call in our lives. It is even said that by entertaining strangers, we sometimes entertain angels unaware. What must the angels think when they see so many of us walking right past them and not even giving them a second thought? We make a difference in this world by making a difference in someone else's life. We should strive each day to make a difference, even if it is a small one... there is no greater act than this.


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