I have to say I spend quite a bit of time reading news stories from across the globe. Probably more than your average 28 year old American. And it seems as though everyday I get frustrated with how much politics and plays for power get in the way of doing good for one another. Yesterday I read about unemployment benefits being held up in Congress because some (won’t mention names) wanted to extend Bush era tax cuts to the highest earners in the country. Nothing like making those barely scraping by in America so people who have more than enough can put a few more dollars in their hedge funds.
Even outside of American politics, there’s plenty of corruption and deception happening all over the world in the way of gaining power and money for selfish reasons.
It gets me down. It makes me sad that we can’t figure this out. We’re so “advanced” but we let a billion people live in slums and not have access to clean water, food, and education.
But then I know there’s hope out there. I know there’s people who are dedicating their lives to help out those who are struggling. There’s organizations striving to figure out the problems of poverty. And they are making a difference. Maybe a small difference, but quite life changing to the individuals who have benefited from it. These amazing stories of good may be disregarded by the media about 99% of the time, but we have to know that goodness is happening everywhere. People are doing selfless acts all the time. I’m lucky to have quite a few of these people as friends and it makes me so happy.
I read this story Sunday in the Independent about a family having their lives transformed from the help of people from the other side of the planet. I thought I’d share it.
We can all do good. We can take a time out of our busy lives to make a difference in someone else’s. Even if it is just donation of money, it can mean quite a change for someone out there you may never meet.
I get inspired to change the world for the better every day from those who are already doing it. It makes my heart swell with pride for the human race. I’m so grateful for them for the inspiration. I hope one day I can do the same.
“You have no excuses not to change the world.”
– Barack Obama