How Do We Start To Change The World?
By Mike Foster While most restaurant owners are in the money making business, I read about this big-hearted guy named Gary Hendrickson who is more interested in giving his food away.
In his store window he has a sign that says “If anyone is homeless or otherwise and in need of a free hot meal or a hot drink, please ask a member of staff inside. We guarantee total discretion.”
“It was simply put up for one guy I saw eating out of a bin,” Hendrickson stated on Facebook about his sign. “…to be honest it broke my heart that someone in 2015 was eating out of a bin.”
Hendrickson saw something that broke his heart and he allowed it to spur him to action. The same goes for all of us. The things that wreck us are the things we become passionate about. Because we don’t want heartbreak repeated. We sympathize with someone’s need and we want them to have a better experience than we did. We want want to make a difference. But where do we start?
We get really caught up in thinking we have to start big. To end world hunger. To change the world. But I think we need to begin by thinking like Hendrickson and take any little thing we have and do something simple with it.
In the words of Mother Teresa “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” A small act of kindness goes a long way. A kind word, free meal or even bringing awareness to a need is the starting block for great change.
What ripple effect will you cause today?
Mike Foster is the founder of People of the Second Chance and the author of Freeway: A Not So Perfect Guide To Freedom. He lives in San Diego with his family and fluffy dog.