Back when I was a young mother with two small boys, I couldn’t always put my shopping cart back in the store or in the cart corral. It worried me. I didn’t want to leave my little ones alone in the car and I didn’t want to leave the shopping cart in anyone else’s way. In order to find peace with this dilemma, I decided my priority had to be keeping my boys safe and do my best with the shopping cart. I made a pact with myself that later, when my guys were grown, I would help other young mothers with their shopping carts. I still do that every chance I get.
Often, I hear people ask, “How can I make a difference? I don’t have the money or time to do something that will make a difference.” Too many times, we miss the chance to make a difference because we think it has to be a grand gesture or a donation of a large amount. Someone helping me with my shopping cart, back when the boys were small, would have made a big difference in my life. As does holding open the door for the gentleman with the walker, or smiling at the checkout clerk who has been nonstop for an eight hour shift.
Making a difference in the world or in someone’s life does not have a price tag or rules about magnitude. It’s about each one of us recognizing we are a gift to the world and offering a hand wherever and however we can. I believe one of the greatest ways to make a difference is to impart gratitude to another being.
The next time you feel a longing to make a difference look right in front of you for the place you can reach your hand out and lift a fellow W(holy) Being up.
In the spirit of gratitude, thank you for being a part of our community. You make a difference in our lives and inspire us to continue our work in the world. As a small token of gratitude, enjoy this YouTube video of Josh Groban singing You Raise Me Up.