Thursday, January 20, 2011

Don't ask, just do

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We can do no great things, only small things with great love.  ~Mother Teresa


9 yr old Issac Saldana, of Tucson, AZ, get's it (Story here). He saw an opportunity to help and did by raising $2.35 for Senator Gifford while she lay in a hospital bed fighting for her life. Issac sold some of his toys and a bracelet that his father, a U.S. Marine, had given him. Wow, you might say, he raised a whole $2.35. You are right, it's not even close to what we would drop on a trip to our favorite fast food joint. To a 9 year old, his belongings are worth a lot more. Issac saw an opportunity to help and he did't ask permission, he acted. The next time that you see a worthy cause, don't think about why you can't help, look for every reason to help. It's not the size of the gift, it's the size of your heart that matters. Imagine if all of us gave $2.35, multiply that by millions, that would be truly remarkable. The next time you see an opportunity to help, don't ask permission, just act.


The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.  ~Leo Rosten


Here's another story of someone who saw an need and acted. Meet Mrs. Amy Stokes (Story here), she was recently honored as a CNN Hero for her work at the non-profit she started, Infinite Family. She started this non-profit to help mentor south african children due to many of them not have parents due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in that area of the world. Through her non-profit she matches up these children with adults who mentor them via the internet and video chatting. Once again, Mrs. Stokes saw a need and didn't change the channel or flip the page, she went out and made a difference. 


There are many more stories like this happening everyday. Normal everyday people who are stepping up and making a difference in this world. These people are true leaders, they are setting the example for all of us to follow. They are making the true difference in this world and it has nothing to do with the financial bottom line. It has to do with something much more important, the bottom line of people's lives. 


If you wold like to become a mentor or make a donation to Infinite Family go here http://www.infinitefamily.org/


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.  ~Anne Frank

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