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Helping Others

These posts are specific to facility cleaning and everything to do with this endeavor. Today let's talk about something completely different. Today we are going to talk about helping others completely different from us.

There are millions upon millions of personal stories. You as the reader have a story. So what does it matter about other people's misfortune? First it doesn't matter if this is the question you have, and I'd suggest just to by past reading any more, because it doesn't matter. Or if you are the one who knows that it is up to each of us to help others, then read on...............

Let me share with your this story:

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

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The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)

We all can help create positive change, but if you’re like me, you sometimes find yourself thinking, “I’m already really busy, and how much of a difference can I really make?” This is especially true when the topic is tackling massive social problems like world hunger. Remember this story. You might not be able to change the entire world, but at least you can change a small part of it, for someone.

So where to start? Of course start at home. To help others outside of our circle may seem hard, but it is not so hard. It can be as easy as sharing a story, giving a $1, or both.

Sharing a story is the start of becoming aware. It is the one starfish that you are tossing back into the water. It is a simple act that is part of the chain of hands that cause a change that can reverberate for lifetimes.

Giving a $1. Why money? Money pays for food, for shelter, for tools, for fertilizer, for sanitation, you get the idea. It is not for lining the pockets of middle management of institutions that base their living on the troubles of people.

Where to start?

Go here. Read the story.....

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