Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
As time has gone by and some of my abilities have diminished I wonder if what I can do is enough. As an example my recent health problems and doctors’ orders have kept me from some of my favorite activities with my Kiwanis Club, a club dedicated to the service of others. As I have refocused my activities there I wonder if I am doing enough. It is the same with some of my other traditional activities where I have had to reduce my involvement or withdraw completely. So the question has evolved from is it enough to what can I do in the same spirit that is within my ever improving capabilities. And sure enough while I may not be able to do some of the things I use to do I have found plenty of things I can do. And you know what it may be different but as long as I do what I can do it is enough.
Here is a story by an unknown author that I may have shared with you before but I like it so much I want to make sure you had a chance to enjoy it as I do.
Making a Difference
One day a man was walking along the seashore. He noticed that during the night many seashells and starfish had washed up on the shore. Thoroughly enjoying the morning sun and cool sea air, the man strolled for miles along the sand.
Far off in the distance, he saw a small figure dancing. The man was joyous that someone was celebrating life in such a grand and uninhibited manner. As he drew closer, however, it became apparent that the figure was not dancing, but repeatedly performing some act.
Approaching the small figure, the man noticed that it was a child. The girl was methodically picking up starfish from the shore and tossing them back into the surf. The man paused for a moment, puzzled, then asked, “Why are you throwing those starfish back into the ocean?”
“If I leave these starfish on the beach,” she replied, “the sun will dry them, and they will die. I am throwing them back into the ocean because I want them to live.”
The man was thoughtful for a moment, impressed with the child’s thoughtfulness. Then he motioned up and down the miles and miles of beach and said, “There must be millions of starfish along here! How can you possibly expect to make a difference?”
The young girl pondered the man’s words for a moment, then she slowly leaned over, reached down, and carefully picked up another starfish from the sand. With a gentle effort, she lobbed the starfish back out into the surf.
She turned to the man and smiled. “You may be right,” she said, “but I made a difference for that one!”
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
Edward Everett Hale
She said, my husband is wonderful with our baby daughter, but often he turns to me for advice. Recently, I was in the shower when he poked his head in to ask, “What should I feed Lily for lunch?”
“That’s up to you,” I replied. “There’s all kinds of food. Why don’t you pretend I’m not at home?”
A few minutes later, my cell phone rang. I answered it to hear my husband asking, “Yeah, hi, Honey. Uh..what should I feed Lily for lunch?”
People don’t injure their eyesight by looking at the bright side of things!!
Saul Epstein Was Taking An Oral Exam Applying For His Citizenship Papers.
He Was Asked To Spell “Cultivate”
He Spelled It Correctly.
He Was Then Asked To Use The Word In A Sentence.
He Brightened Up And Said, “Last Vinter On A Very Cold Day, I Vas Vaiting For A Bus, But It Vas Too Cultivate, So I Took The Subvay Home.”
The trouble with staying at home is you never find out just how good it is to get back.
Two guys were at a bar talking about how highly their wives thought of them.
The first guy said, “My wife, she thinks so much of me that she won’t let me do any work around the house. It’s incredible.”
The second guy says, “That’s nothing. My wife thinks I’m God.”
“She thinks you’re God? What makes you say that?”
“Easy. Every night she places a burnt offering before me.”
Do people in Australia call the rest of the world “up over”?
One night a teenage girl brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents, and they were appalled by his appearance: leather jacket, motorcycle boots, tattoos and pierced nose. Later, the parents pulled their daughter aside and confessed their concern. “Dear,” said the mother diplomatically, “he doesn’t seem very nice.”
“Mom,” replied the daughter, “if he wasn’t nice, why would he be doing 5000 hours of community service?”
I went to a restaurant that serves -breakfast at any time. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.
A man has to take a business trip overseas so he entrusts his best friend with the job of keeping an eye on his wife. If anything out of the ordinary should occur, his friend was to notify him immediately.
After about a week with no contact, the businessman received an e-mail containing only one sentence.
“The man who comes to visit your wife every night didn’t show up yesterday.”
“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”
William Arthur Ward
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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