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Stephanie Salisbury: Doing a small thing can make a big impact

Published 8:23pm Wednesday, August 7, 2013

By Stephanie Salisbury, A Journey of Reinvention

I have a buck in change roaming around my car. That buys any number of things from a dollar menu at a fast food joint with a few pennies for tax, to feed a homeless person. I drop a dollar like it’s nothing most of the time. Wouldn’t be too difficult to buy a McSomething and hand it over to McSomeoneElse.

I have 24 hours in each day. Granted, I’m a pretty busy person with a husband, three kids, two dogs, and two jobs, but there’s got to be an hour a month where I can help make a difference someone’s life. Whether it’s stocking at a food pantry, watching a toddler so a single mom can go to a job interview, serving at a soup kitchen, moving furniture into someone’s first apartment – I can help make it happen. And, if I’m honest with myself, I can probably do it for two or three hours instead of just one.

I try to take a walk pretty often. I see a lot of trash on the side of the road, even in my small subdivision. Someone should clean it up. It’s probably not going to be the person who tossed it out their window. It’s not too difficult to sling a re-usable bag or two over my shoulder and pick up plastic bottles, aluminum cans, candy bar wrappers and fast food bags, then put them in my trash and recycling when I get back home.

Don’t you love the big rollback store where they put one or two items in your thin plastic bag, then double bag it so it won’t fall through, and when you purchase five items you come home with approximately 37 bags? Take a re-usable with you and ask the cashier to put your items in there (or use the self-checkout). What if we still helped little old ladies load their groceries? What if we returned our cart to the corral? What if we didn’t glare angrily at the three-year-old that’s throwing a tantrum for a candy bar but, instead, let the mother know we have compassion? What if we didn’t tap our fingers when the cashier doesn’t get the scanner to work right? What if we thanked everyone for everything they did for us?

Do one small thing. WE can change the world. WE just have to do it together.

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