The world has always been corrupt. Every organization, society, race, religion, gender, etc. has its good and evil. I think sometimes this mass scale makes it difficult for people to want to extend a helping hand to even just one person because they feel like it won't make a difference anyway, so why bother?
This reminds me of the story of a man walking on the beach with his son. There were thousands of starfish that had been washed up onto the shore. The son began to run along the beach and throw them back into the water to save them.
The father stopped him and said “What are you doing? There are so many of them, that will never make a difference.” The son looked up at his father and said – “To that one, it will make a difference.”
You may not change the entire world, but you can change the world for one person, and if each of us did that...would the entire world not change by default? We all have this opportunity to create lasting greatness every day, no matter how small the act.
It could be something as miniscule as a smile, or something as large as stepping in on a fight or dispute that’s getting out of hand. It’s natural for us to avoid conflict or to just assume that somebody else will help – but what if they don’t? What if everybody hesitates thinking someone else will get involved, and nobody does?
These uncomfortable, sometimes confrontational moments in our lives are the exact times that our destiny is shaped. These are the universe opening the door to greatness and testing your courage to walk through it.
These are our small chances to become immortal. The small chances, despite not being able to live forever, to create something that does. To be the subject of a story carried on about that one time this amazing stranger did this amazing thing and changed the course of history for an individual or a family.
In the age of 5-second attention spans and 140 character conversations, there will never be a replacement for the emotional affect an act of kindness can have on a person. When everyone is standing around waiting for somebody else to take action – be that somebody else. You never know who you might save.
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