"I can’t do everything, but I can do something. If we all did something. We could conquer anything."
Robert L. Shimmel
A week or so ago I did a television interview where the moderator in an off the air discussion told me that her and her husband shared a dream. They wanted to mobilize caring volunteers from their area into an army of servers. I got excited about the possibilities of how such a group could make a real difference. They plan to bring hands and hearts together targeting areas of need where they can do the most good. This week it might be framing a house for Habitat for Humanity, providing humanitarian aid as they help the Salvation Army in a disaster area, helping to package and store food for a food bank or mentoring kids who can benefit from positive role models thus helping them see alternatives to a life on the streets.
As I thought about their dream I realized that they were about to establish a ministry, with the community forming the walls of their church, their volunteers becoming their congregation and their services the actual act of giving to others through the help they provide. I felt honored when they asked me if we could meet to discuss how they might establish linkages to service opportunities and to learn how they might identify where the need was the greatest and where their help could do the most good.
The army that they are building is like a service club without dues, meetings or ritual. They are not in business to act as a clearing house matching one persons interest to an organization that needs a volunteer, of course in the process of serving where needed many will find organizations that they would like to join in addition to serving with the group, rather they are there to provide unconditional help where needed.
These are trying times, money is scarce and the needs are growing rapidly. Our neighbors are in trouble and the need to reach across the fence and help has never been greater. I meet many people each week who want to do something for others but don’t know how to get started, now they will have a place to go, a place where they will able to join up with neighbors and reap the rewards that come from caring for those in need. I have already contacted organizations who are excited about the possibilities of partnering with these folks and we will be establishing direct communications with them in the next week or so.
I am truly grateful that I have been given a chance to help in a small way. I’d like to think that my friend’s efforts will demonstrate what can be done by caring people like you and me. Other similar ministries in service can be formed in the future in neighborhoods, towns, military bases, almost anywhere. The need has never been greater nor have there ever been more hearts and hands crying out to be used for the good of others. It is dreams like this that can light a flame that burns so brightly that it is carried around the world and in this case if it does it will be because two good people cared enough to light the first candle.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank
If you can look at the sunset and smile, then you still have hope.
If you can find beauty in the colors of a small flower, then you still have hope.
If you can find pleasure in the movement of a butterfly, then you still have hope.
If the smile of a child can still warm your heart, then you still have hope.
If you can see the good in other people, then you still have hope.
If the rain breaking on a roof top can still lull you to sleep, then you still have hope.
If the sight of a rainbow still makes you stop and stare in wonder, then you still have hope.
If the soft fur of a favored pet still feels pleasant under your fingertips, then you still have hope.
If you meet new people with a trace of excitement and optimism, then you still have hope.
If you give people the benefit of a doubt, then you still have hope.
If you still offer your hand in friendship to others that have touched your life, then you still have hope.
If receiving an unexpected card or letter still brings a pleasant surprise, then you still have hope.
If the suffering of others still fills you with pain and frustration, then you still have hope.
If you refuse to let a friendship die, or accept that it must end, then you still have hope.
If you look forward to a time or place of quiet and reflection, then you still have hope.
If you still buy the ornaments, put up the Christmas tree or cook the turkey, then you still have hope.
If you still watch love stories or want the endings to be happy, then you still have hope.
If you can look to the past and smile, then you still have hope.
If, when faced with the bad, when told everything is futile, you can still look up and end the conversation with the phrase…."yeah….BUT.." then you still have hope.
Hope is such a marvelous thing. It bends, it twists, it sometimes hides, but rarely does it break.
It sustains us when nothing else can. It gives us reason to continue and courage to move ahead, when we tell ourselves we’d rather give in. Hope puts a smile on our face when the heart cannot manage. Hope puts our feet on the path when our eyes cannot see it. Hope moves us to act when our souls are confused of the direction. Hope is a wonderful thing, something to be cherished and nurtured, and something that will refresh us in return. And it can be found in each of us, and it can bring light into the darkest of places. Never lose hope.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
10 WAYS YOU KNOW YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION IS SLOW
1. Text on Web pages displays as Morse Code.
2. Graphics arrive via FedEx.
3. You believe a heavier string might improve your connection.
4. You post a message to your favorite newsgroup and it displays a week later.
5. Your credit card expires while ordering online.
6. ESPN Web site exhibits "Heisman Trophy Winner"…for 1989.
7. You’re still in the middle of downloading that popular new game, "PacMan".
8. Everyone you talk to on the ‘net phone’ sounds like Forrest Gump.
9. You receive e-mails with stamps on them.
10. When you click the "Send" button, a little door opens on the side of your monitor and a pigeon flies out.
"I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it."
Rita Mae Brown
While making rounds, a doctor points out an X-ray to a group of medical students. "As you can see," she says, "the patient limps because his left fibula and tibia are radically arched. Michael, what would you do in a case like this?"
"Well," ponders the student, "I suppose I’d limp too."
“To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.”
Don was in his usual place, sitting at the table, reading the paper during breakfast. He came across an article about a beautiful actress who was about to marry a football player who was known primarily for his lack of IQ.
He turned to his wife with a look of bewilderment on his face. "I’ll never understand why the biggest jerks get the most attractive wives."
His wife replies, "Why, thank you, dear!""
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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