Last night, I watched this soul-stirring trailer and not only did I cry (surprise, surprise), but I felt like there was an unmistakeable synchronicity to my viewing this video at the heels of how I've been feeling lately: a pitifully unproductive and self-absorbed, Woe-is-Me funk (just keeping it real, folks). I feel like I am being called to take the focus off myself for a change and to get up and DO SOMETHING for someone else. Donating money to causes like these are as helpful as much as they are necessary, but there are so many moments where I wish I could travel to these locations and offer my time. Or a hug, because Lord knows I have a lot of those to give.
I know it is upsetting to watch videos like these, but personally, I have found that sometimes I need to actually see what my mind knows exists. Phil brought this trailer to my attention tonight; I love knowing that he is moved by this as much as I am and I dream of the things he and I can do together to change the world. We aren't parents, but who says we still can't be role models?
As much as I am inspired to do something, I would also like to inspire YOU. We all have something to offer; can you imagine what this world would be like if each of us, every day, committed just ONE selfless act to benefit another human being? The possiblities are endless. We do not have to wait for organized opportunities to reach out; we can begin today, right where we are, wherever that may be.
The Ripple Effect.