Our perspective of the world and all its needs can be very humbling. Many times we witness the need but can’t do much about it.
The earthquakes in Nepal and the world-wide response to that tragedy is startling and heart-warming at the same time. The massively horrible weather in parts of the United States with its past winter snow and torrential downpours – and the recent spring incursion of hurricanes and tornadoes – almost paralyzes the remainder of us because we have so little to offer in response, other than a monetary donation to a charitable response organization.
Is that really the case? Do we feel that because we can’t offer hands-on assistance in extremely serious and urgent circumstances as outlined above, we have nothing at all to offer a very exigent world?
That is not the case. As a matter of fact, day in and day out we have countless occasions in which we can offer comfort and assistance to those in need. This quote by Sally Koch, a humanitarian in her own right, sums it up beautifully:
Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily.
You don’t have to look far to find someone who could use something you have to offer. Maybe your assistance is something as simple as a smile or a kind word. Perhaps you’re able to pay for the groceries of someone in front of you at a grocery check-out line, or you can help a neighbor who’s going through a difficult time. Opportunities to help others are everywhere if we open our eyes and heart to see them.
I, for one, have made a commitment to make a difference in someone’s life today, tomorrow, and the next day. That individual personal assistance I provide is just as valuable as that which is offered on a greater scale worldwide.