Friday Two Cents: Every Life That We Touch


Sorry I am posting this issue of Friday Two Cents on Saturday, but that is what happens when you have a crappy Internet provider like Bell.

This past week I started reading a book called “Me to We; Finding Meaning In A Material World” by Craig and Marc Kielburger.  I am reading it for a course I am taking about Community building.  I finished the first two chapters for the class and it was interesting.  It recounts the life changing moments that turned these two brothers into activities for child labour practices and the conditions of the poor in the developing world.

These experiences profoundly changed their lives into helping others and making a difference in people’s lives.  These stories made me pounder something very interesting though.  Should I judge my life by what these two people accomplished by the age 12 and 18, and if so was my life a waste if I don’t measure up?

The answer I came up with is a resounding no.  If these two individuals found life satisfying goals with their activism, great for them, but someone else may find satisfaction someplace else then how less satisfying is that.  I think we all find fulfillment in our own way and we shouldn’t judge or compare our lives to other people.

I find satisfaction in helping kids learn new and wonderful things.  This past week I supplied at another school where I brought in my puppets and showed them how to draw.  The teachers told me it was great that I came in and provided a new experience for the children. A moment they will remember for a long time.  I felt gratified by what they had to say and I felt good that I helped a group of children experience something new.  I didn’t fly to another country to do it, it was in the same town I live in.  I touched those children’s lives and I hope it is for the better.

It’s great that people go to other countries and help others but I know there are people who need help and encouragement right here at home.  I think we can all change the world with every life that we touch, no matter where we go.


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