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The Gift of being there, You are the Miracle; HOW your kindness can make a difference

Updated on March 13, 2013

They say this great tree comes from a Mustard seed about the size of this: @

Many really cool things happen from a very small step. And I remember that what may have been nothing to another, was great to me.
Many really cool things happen from a very small step. And I remember that what may have been nothing to another, was great to me.

Max, Carlos, Caesar and Pablo

(a little update on these boys: Max is really Maximillian - not an uncommon Mexican name. Max got into a fight at school. Max's mother made him come down and talk with this preacher man. How she knew that I do not know. Max was right to get into the fight, basically protecting is smaller buddy. But Max agreed that we keep our street clean, who cares about their street. Carlos told me the next day Max apologized to the bully and all the girls think he is a hottie now)


These fine young men 9-13 live on my street. It is a good street. Neighbors speak to each other. We are about 5 straight miles from the Mexican border and about 7 from one of their largest penal institutions. In this area these children are now becoming at risk and age for gang usage.

These guys play on the street which is reasonably safe to do. But not really as it is a through street. So they were playing soccer yesterday when I pulled up. Of course they said some smart comments to this old man. But then I offered them to use my front yard to play. It is big enough for soccer but too short for football. The important thing is that we began communication and that we now know each other. We shook hands as neighborly gentlemen.

Children especially other people’s children are easy to talk to

Truly it is not always necessary to do a great deed. But you cannot be available and ready unless you begin communication and dialogue. You can create a home on a street. You can provide each other with your ideas; you can help create options to despair. By being someone who someone else can talk to, you begin a cycle of understanding.

I knew a very great man. I knew him professionally. But in his private life he was reclusive and gruff. I tell you truthfully this man had great insights and marvelous ideas about all walks of life. But he was a light hidden in a closet. His light did not shine for others to see. I am not such a great man. My light may be dim. But I make sure that it is there for my world to see. And in that great things have happened that the great man never saw. Miracles are not always the giving of sight and hearing but often the gift of seeing and hearing another. The best of all lawyers and doctors and pastors are those who listen.

Every huge NFL player began as a small child with little spoons.

Remember: One small step for man, one giant step for mankind.
Remember: One small step for man, one giant step for mankind. | Source

Even when bad things happen we can benefit from them.

Caesar took a nasty fall that definitely impacted his collar bone. I brought the four of them water bottles and told them to take it easy for ten, and if not better get him to his mom right away. You may think that giving them the water was a good act, you would be wrong. The really good act was that not one empty bottle was left behind and the yard was clean when they left. What a gift of respect they gave me.

We are so attuned to the spectacular. We crave such immediate gratification we overlook life’s greatest treasures that are small and result from our humanity toward each other. Be available and great things will happen.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great story! You just made my day, Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Isn't it amazing that those boys made mine and then I made yours. WOW!

      Thanks for reading and commenting Bill, may the circle continue in your life.

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      ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

      Yes, it's a very beautiful story.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks ologsinquito. It is nice to know we all can have a role in the great play of life.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      And yet again, the children shine! See, all they need is recognition as human beings and for someone to show them kindness! You did an awesome deed that resulted in everyone winning!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I hear ya bravewarrior. Thank you for reading and commenting. "recognition as human beings" is a perfect beginning.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful story and great to know that such kindness and respect still exist.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is in our hearts Gypsy, we just need to act on it. I note that you do quite well in this area. Thank you.

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      Ruth Ferraz 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi Ericdierker, It is always nice to hear from you!

      May you have a very blessed 2013!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruth you have just made it so by your visit. Keep on keeping on!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      And those boys will remember that possibly all their lives. Awesome story and even better deed Eric,

      Mark

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      I love your offering to the boys. Neighborhoods are the seeds where it all happens. The rise or fall of a country depends on its streets, I think. Thanks, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Mark. Remember when violence was really startling and newsworthy. Perhaps now kindness is startling and newsworthy.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Louisa, I once spent a few hours studying; What does neighbor mean?

      The answer was; Anyone close to you. Certainly that includes folks far away and close in thought, but for sure those who live nearby.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for the read Eric. Make myself available and great things will happen is going to be this years mantra. I also spend a lot of time alone maybe you might have something here.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Suzzy, Sometimes that "available" word is scary. I am always quite nervous about it. But in fact it has never let me down. Your commenting today is fulfilling your mantra --- thank you.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you. Keep sharing your wisdom.

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Beautiful story and I loved how you turned it around that the act of greatness was truly and act of respect.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey barbergirl28, Howdy from down I-15 near the border. I do not really understand yet. I will. All my two year old and 90 year old and me want is a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Sing it!

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      Eric, beautiful hub filled with a heart that knows how to reach out and make a difference. Those boys will be impacted by your dialogue and kindness. We never know whose life we touch when we see people ... I mean really see them as God's creation worthy of our time and efforts.

      You said it so well: "We are so attuned to the spectacular. We crave such immediate gratification we overlook life’s greatest treasures that are small and result from our humanity toward each other."

      Thanks for sharing and inspiring,

      God Bless!

      Mekenzie

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much. You have made my day much better and more inspired, by your gracious comment.

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