Aug 20 2012

The Little Things

Sometimes it's the littlest things that have the biggest impact.  

You don't have to have millions of dollars to start some major philanthropic organization to make a difference in peoples lives.  You get the chance every day, you just have to take it. 

Heard about this manager of a restaurant, Sue, who got one of those chances.  It started with this phone call "This is going to be a very strange request."

It turns out that Cook's grandmother is dying of cancer. She had a specific request for her grandson: She wanted a bowl of clam chowder while she could still eat solid food, which would not be for much longer. 

There was one problem. Clam chowder was only served on Fridays.  Sue made it anyway, and got it to her just in time.  

It's not a big deal in the whole scheme of things.  But, to that Grandma and her Grandson it meant a lot. It was the last physical meal she ate. 

It's just the littlest things.  

What's something little that someone did for you that has made all the difference? 

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Aug 18 2012

That Somebody Is You

If you think back to when you were a teenager, you might have complained to your parents about being BORED.   Maybe you heard that a lot this summer if you have teenagers.

This might shake them up.  It kind of put a fire under me too.

It’s a judge’s letter of advice from 1959 to teens, published in a school newspaper.

“Always we hear the cry from teenagers, ‘what can we do, where can we go?’ My answer is this:  Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons and after you’re finished, read a book...The world does not owe you a living you owe the world something.  You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in sickness, and lonely again…You are important and you are needed.  It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday.  Someday is now and that somebody is you.”

Yes sir!

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