My Grandpa Lynn used to tell me there were three types of people in the world.
“People who make things happen. People who watch things happen. And people who don’t know what the heck is happening.”
That is what I found myself thinking about this morning, while on the elliptical machine and watching the large television monitors lining the gym wall.
I had just received a reminder about my appointment for a local blood drive. “Why did I make it right after the Mount Hermon conference and the day after Easter? Does it really matter if I show up or not?”
I contemplated rescheduling because of my packed day.
But…then I saw the news headlines scroll across the screen and realized that today is the 1-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. As images posted of those who had overcome such a horrific event flashed on the screen I remembered the feelings of helplessness that washed over me just 365 days earlier, leaving me with the question of “What could I do?”. It felt similar to watching the second twin tower collapse or witnessing the aftermath of Katrina. I felt small and insignificant, at a loss of what to say or do that would amount to anything.
The reality is that there is ALWAYS something you can do. It might be going through training so you are ready to respond in an emergency, sending financial aid or even keeping your appointment with the Blood Mobile.
What are ways that you help make a difference…what are ways you are teaching your kids that there is value in taking action?
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.