Saturday, May 06, 2006

From Ripple to Current

I read the following John F. Kennedy quote yesterday in an email from Seth Wispelwey, Faith Outreach Organizer (Texas/Oklahoma) for the One Campaign and Bread for the World, Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing ONE man or ONE woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills - against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence...Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation... It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." It is sometimes easy to lose sight of the "current" that our individual ripples produce and this quote is a great reminder to keep on making a difference, focusing on the seemingly small things we can do for others around us that make a lasting difference throughout the world.


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