President’s Corner, August 2014

I was having dinner with a couple of friends recently, when the subject turned to current events. Now, I don’t know about you, but every time – and I mean every time anymore – I turn on the news, I wish I hadn’t . Every time I look there’s more violence, war, bloodshed, drought, environmental catastrophe (climate change or global warming, take your pick), bigotry, ignorance, Ebola, and just plain stupidity.

It’s hard to take, so frankly, I don’t watch the news much. The truth is, there are a lot of horrible things happening in the world, and there’s very little we can do about any of it.

While there is very little chance we can affect any events happening, say, in Gaza, or Ukraine, we can make a difference here. I think we underestimate ourselves and our ability to make a difference in the world. We may not be able to affect world events, but can always make life better for the other human beings within our lives. I don’t know what that looks like, maybe just a smile, or a friendly world, maybe even a cheerful attitude. The thing is we can make a difference in the world, and no act of kindness is ever wasted.

Or maybe to quote William Shakespeare by way of Roald Dahl, “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” No less true now.

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