Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
Some recent events got me thinking about what we can do during the current worldwide economic crisis.
The first event took place this past weekend when I participated in a Salvation Army three day fund-raising effort where I worried about our ability to reach our goal and was pleasantly surprised when we exceeded it by a wide margin.
The second event was when I ran into one of our cities leading philanthropists at the symphony last night. She had read my daily about the three boys that I met during my Kiwanis Clubs annual Clothe-a-Child event. My friend told me that she envied the fact that I could do so much hands-on service while her schedule and her health kept her from doing something similar. Here was a woman that has given more to the community in the form of grants and leadership than I ever could telling me that she was envious of what I do, it was had to believe.
The third event was during a conversation with a former colleague and long time friend over lunch today. I shared the fact that I thought I had discovered that more people than we realize want to help those in need during these difficult times and most don’t know what to do. We all know of people who have seen a huge part of their retirement savings disappear, others who have lost their jobs and still more who have lost their benefits and even some who have lost their homes, people who need help. It struck me that just as people reacted in the 1930’s in America many people are all ready doing what they can to help those who need assistance and others are ready to do so again.
As most of you know I have been a member of Kiwanis International for many years. Kiwanis is a service organization that does what it can to build better lives for children while building better communities for our fellow citizens. America is blessed by the Service Club movement that includes Kiwanis clubs, Rotary clubs, Sertoma clubs, Lions clubs, and many others. Sadly the membership in these fine organizations has been shrinking in recent years and there are those who think that the sagging economy will result in even further losses. I pray that that won’t happen, for the world’s service clubs are needed now more than ever.
It is time for all of us to share the message that everyone is needed now! Far too many want to do something but don’t know what to do, tell them; tell them that Kiwanis needs their help, tell them that the service clubs came into existence to provide help to others. While my philanthropist friend is limited to using her money and her leadership skills to make a difference, others like you and me can use our hands and our hearts as well as what money when can spare to make the lives of those who need us better than they are now. Sadly too many just stand on the sidelines, if we can get them to join us we will be able to do so much more.
Yes America as well as the other countries where our readers live needs us more than ever. If you have not already joined up do it now and I promise you that your rewards will last forever. At the end of your day, year and lifetime you’ll be able to look back knowing that you made a difference.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
More wisdom from the kids.
Never tell your mom her diet’s not working.
—Michael, Age 14
Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.
—Joel, Age 12
When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone.
—Alyesha, Age 13
Never try to baptize a cat.
—Laura, Age 13
I am a nobody, and nobody is perfect; therefore, I am perfect.
A man showed his friend a ring with a giant diamond in it and explained that it was his wife’s Christmas gift. His friend said, "I thought she wanted a Mercedes."
The man answered, "I know, but where can you get a fake one of those?"
Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow."
Edward Sandford Martin
The social studies teacher had just finished a unit on war and peace. "How many of you," he asked, "would say you’re opposed to war?"
Not surprisingly, all hands went up. The teacher asked, "Who’ll give us the reason for being opposed to war?"
A large, bored-looking boy in the back of the room raised his hand.
"Johnny?" the teacher said.
"I hate war," Johnny said, "because wars make history, and I hate History!"
Never moon a werewolf.
The Rabbi’s wife called a psychiatrist and said, "My husband thinks he’s the new Moses." The doctor assured her that these delusions of grandeur were only a passing fancy.
"OK." she responded. "But in the meantime, how do I keep him from parting the waters in the hot-tub?"
"We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history."
Applicants for jobs at the company where my friend Diana works are asked to fill out a questionnaire. Among the things candidates list is their high school and when they attended. One prospective employee dutifully wrote the name of his high school, followed by the dates attended: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Oh yeah? What’s the speed of Dark?
Patient: My wife beats me, doctor.
Doctor: Oh dear. How often?
Patient: Every time we play Scrabble!
Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.
A young American tourist goes on a guided tour of a creepy old castle.
At the end of the tour, the guide asks her how she enjoyed it. She admits to being a bit worried about seeing a ghost in some of the dark cobwebby rooms and passages.
"Don’t worry," says the guide. "I’ve never seen a ghost all the time I’ve been here."
"How long is that"? asks the girl.
"About three hundred years."
We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
Dr. Loretta Scott
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