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Making a Difference

starfish3I saw a photo of how cattle react to threatening conditions by clustering together and facing toward the center, away from the threat. While this may work for cattle, it makes me think of humans who choose to avert their eyes or to not put them in places where something can be seen or experienced which causes discomfort.  As the saying goes, there are none so blind as those who will not see…

In thinking about this I am reminded of the story and image of the child throwing starfish back into the ocean, saving a life with each toss. The person observing this inquires as to how this can make a difference and the child tosses one back and says “it made a difference to that one.”

In today’s world, we are surrounded by lots of information and plenty of selfishness (“it’s all about me”).  Changing the world may seem overwhelming, but we have the opportunity to change ourselves and make changes one at a time in the lives of people we meet.

Life affords us the opportunity to be observant, kind, and present to the situations and needs of others. It could be a neighbor, a member of a family we are serving, a co-worker, a server in a restaurant, or someone on the other side of the world (e.g. The Heifer Project). My observation is those who routinely and genuinely aim their hearts and minds toward others are those who seem to live the richest and fullest lives.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer.

All my best,
John J. Horan

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