“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world”.
— Desmond Tutu
Only a fool thinks he leaves others at a disadvantage when he climbs a ladder and removes each rung as he climbs to prevent others from climbing with him. What he fails to understand is that when he falls he hits rock-bottom with no one behind to help him or hold him back from falling. There is a saying that helping others get what they want is the fastest way to having our own desires met. Just the same way our needs are endless, so also that of the world we live in and no single person can do everything but we can do something by going from seeing the cause that brings about the blame game to seeing the needs.
Here is our midweek news review meant to not only inspire us but also challenge us to stop asking the question, “Why is no one doing anything?” and understanding that you are somebody and you can do something.
Here is a young boy who is inspiring us that happiness never decreases by being shared. In finding a way to cope with the loss of his mother, 11-year-old Max Morrison has also created an avenue to support and encourage other bereaved children in order to help them overcome their loss. The angelic heart of Max has made him the recipient of a special anniversary Diana Award having being nominated by the Penhaligons Friends – a charity that helps bereaved children in Cornwall.
Ashley Jones is another young girl who is smiling through her pain and using it as an unexpected inspiration to help others in her condition do the same. Ashley is an eighth grader at Fisher’s Junior High, who has suffered hundreds of broken bones as a result of a rare genetic disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. As she set to compete in the science division of the 2017 Genius Olympiad, Ashley intends to turn her eighth-grade science fair project into a channel of awareness for the disorder.
Everything you need to embark on the service of helping others is right in your hands and that’s what the caring community of extraordinary women from Bonteheuwel are doing. The Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies, a non-profit organization has embarked on series of projects ranging from feeding 200 children to knitting baby garments, blankets and socks for the elderly and distributing it to those who need it. These women are taking part in programmes that empower women and children.
An example of a friend that has chosen to show his love in times of trouble and not only in happiness is Paul. Paul, an eight-year-old, who has been friends with Kamden a paraplegic from kindergarten launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $3900 for a new and comfortable wheelchair for his friend. His message of love to the world was so endearing that in two weeks he had raised $6000. The act of kindness of Paul assures us that no matter what our circumstances may be there will always be true friends who choose to stay when the world walks out on us and who overlook our failures only to tolerate our success.
These wonderful people are those who care enough to bring about a change where they are, we should all graduate from wishing good to doing good. Small opportunities surround us everyday and no matter our position in life there is always someone who needs us, hence let’s make ourselves available for such opportunities.
Image from Lolly Daskal.