Frequently we don’t take action because we’re not sure the effort will actually matter.
I was recently reminded of our skeptical nature, but also the truth that all good work, done in love, matters profoundly. Let me explain.
I had just finished sharing a message to business owners and their spouses about how one word, one action and one person can profoundly influence the lives of others. After my presentation, the event organizer asked the group to follow her to the location for the next activity.
We all walked from the beautiful auditorium, down a long hallway, through a series of double doors and into a massive loading area. Once there, a lady on a bullhorn shared that in our own community and around the world, the plight of poverty means many families are unable to eat. She explained that we were going to work together to create boxed meals to feed hungry families.
She gave some instructions and assigned jobs. With pallets of canned goods, dry food and water bottles stacked high, we got to work.
The room was hot. The work was tedious and tiring, and yet the room was energized with the tasks at hand.
Two hours later, as the pallets sat emptied, boxes filled and mission accomplished, we moved the boxes from the floor and onto waiting trucks for delivery.
I asked a gentleman if he was enjoying the workout, and he responded, “Yeah, man. It certainly feels good to help out.”
He then paused, looked at the truck full of boxes, then back at me, and sullenly added, “But, let’s be honest: we’re putting a band-aid on a gaping wound. I am not sure it really matters.”
The bullhorn cracked over his final words. We turned away from the truck and back to the leader.
She thanked us for our efforts and added that since 1998 more than 250 million meals had been served in this manner. These meals have been shipped to all 50 states and 73 countries. She shared the hopelessness that accompanies being hungry and the gift that food is, nourishing both the body and the soul.
Finally, she added, “And today, through your efforts, your work, your generosity, 20,000 additional meals were just packed and loaded onto this truck. So 20,000 people will receive that nourishment and hope. Thank you for it!”
As the room erupted in applause, I looked at the gentleman next to me again and smiled, saying, “Well, sounds like it will matter to the 20,000 people eating them.”
My friends, in a marketplace that trades on negativity, in communities mired in cynicism, and with a media focused on fear, it’s time to realize that our words can lift up or put down; our actions can restore or tear down, and our lives can be evidence of further reasons for despair or shining examples that the best is yet to come.
The time is now to pack the meals, load the truck, and trust that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. For indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
This is your day. Live Inspired.
Friend, can you recall one word or action that someone said to you or did for you that made a big impact on you? If so, please share in the comments as further testament to the truth that one word, action, person, can indeed change the world.