Advocacy starts with the smallest effort to make a difference

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I was touched by the following quote that appeared on Lark Kirkwood’s Elder Advocates site a few years ago:

Do all the good that you can, in all the places you can, in all the ways that you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, for as long as you can.  – John Wesley

I want to add the following sentiment which has become a sort of mantra for the way I conduct myself:

We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors.  That is how change takes place in living systems – not from above – but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.  – Grace Lee Boggs

It only took 3 people to raise $100’s at a garage sale for the local Alzheimer’s Association.

I’m so encouraged by the different types of advocacy that I’ve witnessed across this nation.  Some advocate for the elderly, some the disenfranchised or marginalized, others advocate for the humane treatment of animals.  Whichever the focus – it’s all about advocacy.  The good news is that whether a person lives in Redmond, Washington, like myself, or Washington, DC – we are all making a difference in each of our small corners of the Universe.  Imagine if everyone did just that.

Instead of having the mindset that the only things worth doing are those which are grandiose and news worthy – and therefore believing that you have nothing to offer – do what you can, with what you have, and your impact will be grand.  Many small, positive actions add up to great advances in the betterment of our world.

Regardless of your age, you can make a difference in the lives of others.  If you’re looking for something to do, consider helping an elder or two.  Let’s face it, unless death comes early for us, we’re all going to enter the elder category at some point in the future.  You may someday benefit from someone else’s tender loving respect and care.

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2 thoughts on “Advocacy starts with the smallest effort to make a difference

    Caring for our elders | Baby Boomers and More said:
    January 23, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    […] a bit of encouragement a few years ago that I’d like to share with you today.  The article Advocacy starts with the smallest effort to make a difference might contain just the words you need to hear to get you started on your advocacy path.  You […]

    Lark Elizabeth Kirkwood said:
    November 7, 2011 at 12:15 am

    You absolutely just made my week GRAND! You are correct in that whatever one chooses to be an advocate for, advocacy is advocacy. And whatever resources may be available at any one time to that advocate are just fine. Get the word out no matter how soft you voice may be or how lacking of funds your pocket may be. It is your passion that makes all the difference. All my best. Until next time. Lark
    http://larkkirkwood.wordpress.com/

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