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It's the Little Things that Make a Big Difference
This is one big world I'm stepping in and I am just but a small individual, ordinary to say. My voice is thin and my actions are pretty lame; nevertheless, not big enough to change one thing.
I can't cure political illnesses and social injustices of our country. I can't just raise my hand and say "please stop" on wars and "help us get justice" on crimes left behind unattended by our officials.
What can I only do is look at the worsening situations of every individual especially those who were victims of unfair play. I can only pray and hid inside afraid i might trigger an alarm and cause much trouble to my surroundings.
I am only one small person with dreams of seeing my fellow citizens contented and happy. But what can I do? What can I do to help lessen the burdens of people when I don't have the courage to stand up and face these realities?
What can I do as one individual, who accepted this responsibility and be a part of the H.O.W community?
The H.O.W. or Humanity One World is a movement inspired by one of the greatest and amazing writer, Sir Bill Holland who, for the sake of the human race, calls each and everyone of us to let us do our part and help each other survive.
You see, the problem is, I'm trying to focus on the big problems humanity is facing rather than acting on one small thing around me. I am aiming for a big leap when I can only jump high enough for myself and not for everybody. I am reaching for things that one person cannot reach but needed help of others in order to succeed.
What I realize is that, even if I am just one small person with no capacity to change the whole world, I can do things which can change someone else's world. One small act of kindness to a person who needs it means so much to them.
Let us use our own "kid's inside perspective" if you feel invaluable and don't any idea what to do especially when you think your voice can only be heard few feet away and not until on the man who stood on a stage holding a speech letter.
What I mean is, when we we’re kids, we tend to see the world as a small place. The only life we have is our family and our friends. The only place we know is school and home. We put the bigger problems to a bigger force but at the same time we do our part to stay away from it.
Just like that - before achieving how to change everyone in this planet, we must first change ourselves and do good to others even in just simple ways like helping one elderly cross the street or pull her bags.
Try to look around. We were distracted by the chaos of political ambitions and devastating Medias that we forget to serve social justice to everybody.
We were hooked on the wars between our government officials, spreading our own opinions and lies, the 'to' and 'not to' vote things and the vague view of directions towards a successful future.
Crimes been up, almost every day I heard news someone got killed because of poverty, of jealousy, of trickery made and drugs.
These are the things that lead to destruction of human race. it is our choice to break the bridge that gaps everyone of us to help survive our own race.
This is one story that made a great example that by just doing even little things can really make a great difference:
THE STARFISH STORY
An old man had a habit of early morning walks on the beach. One day, after a storm, he saw a human figure in the distance moving like a dancer. As he came closer he saw that it was a young woman and she was not dancing but was reaching down to the sand, picking up a starfish and very gently throwing them into the ocean.
"Young lady," he asked, "Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?"
"The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die."
"But young lady, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You cannot possibly make a difference."
The young woman listened politely, paused and then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves, saying, "It made a difference for that one."
The old man looked at the young woman inquisitively and thought about what she had done. Inspired, he joined her in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.
Adapted version from the "Star Thrower" by Loren C. Eiseley (1907–1977), published in 1969 in The Unexpected Universe.
Read More: H.O.W.: The Essence of Giving
Looking on a top view, the problem is too heavy to carry. But you're not going to carry it. We are going to carry it. We must be able to hold hand and support each other in every angle.
People may not see what you have done helping but in your heart, the reward of happiness will be yours.
I don't have any ideas at first on how to help - well, just random act of kindness one at a time, weaving the "pay it forward" rule. But then, as I came to think about life and people, ideas flooded my mind. They are just small and minor ones but could really make a lot of difference.
Aside from the usual support we offer our family and friends, helping a complete stranger would bear more results for these random kindness. Who knows, in the future you might stumble upon this person and this time, you're the one who needed help.
It's a circular motion of love and kindness that mankind ought to have.
- Volunteer at Orphanage/House for the Elderly
- Donate some clothes that you are not using to families who needs it
- Help an elderly cross the street when you happen to see one
- Plan a feeding session when you have free time to feed street kids or let it be the way to celebrate your anniversary or birthday. Congee is the best food, simple and inexpensive.
- Don't miss an oppurtunity to smile to others
- A free time story-telling to your neighbors' kids and elderly
- Extending a small courtesy like holding the door for someone that needs
- A small gesture of support or help to someone you see struggling with heavy things on hand
- Say thank you for others who also showed kindness to you
So the question is, are you going to lose much when you happened to do one of these things?
Are you going to suffer a consequence when doing these random acts of kindness?
Sometimes, things turn out the way we do not expect it to be. but rather than shrinking and regretting, tell yourself that your motive in helping other is true and you did the right thing even others won’t see it that way.
I am spreading this message to all that we should always be ready to lend a helping hand. Anyway, this is what life is all about, right. Seek what your purpose in life to others and you might get the biggest surprise you've never known.
Remember the things you gave to other people that money can't buy are one of the greatest gifts to all humanity. And by doing that, you are inspiring others to do the same and do what a person should do.
God bless us all.
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