Poverty is all over the world. We know this. And, if you watch television, you’ve seen some challenging images of those in need.
I was recently introduced to Project School Shoes!! Not shoes for kids in impoverished communities ‘over there’ – these kids have started schools in remote reservations in New Mexico and Indian towns in Oklahoma.
The letter I read asked this question: Can you believe that in our country – full of great wealth and riches – there are Native American children who still live without the most basic necessities of healthy food, respectable clothing and even safe, clean water?
Well, you know how it is … we’re all busy with our lives. Sure, we know that “out there” lots of people are suffering – and besides, you can’t help them all – now, can you?
The sense of helplessness is as prevalent as the sense of hopelessness. Put it this way, what would you do if you could take just one step? Just one. What would you choose?
As Muhammad Ali once said: service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. And there are myriads of quotes about service. In many ways, I feel privileged to ask, “what else is there?” On the other hand, there are plenty of ways in which you need to rightfully serve your own needs too.
During this upcoming season, make room for giving. Create gifts for yourself, your local communities, and the world beyond that. Everything we feel, think, and do matters.
And, school shoe drives make a world of difference!