Perspective…..sometimes perspective is hard to come by…and sometimes, through a series of events, perspective is ‘given’ to us….
Yesterday, on Facebook, my friend @Jeanette Lopriore Fox, wrote a post about paying it forward, in honor and memory of her nephew, Maddox, who passed away late last year, at only 8 years old. April 10th would have been his 9th birthday, so in his honor, she is going to ‘pay it forward’ and show 9 simple acts of kindness – that beautiful child, and his parents, gave the very loving gift of donating his organs, to help save the lives of so many other people. Perspective.
I don’t usually watch the morning news – too busy getting ready for work and the day ahead. But, this morning, I turned on the news, and a little bit more perspective came my way – Ralph LoPriore, Maddox’s father, shared with tears in his eyes, the gift that his son was able to give to a host of other people in need of organs. Their family’s great loss, was turned into a great gift to so many. Perspective.
I have not invented the cure for Alzheimer’s, have not donated millions to charity, and I have not donated a life saving organ. That said, we all have the ability to do great things – sometimes those great things are large, and more often, they are small gestures that add up. So, whatever your perspective, take a moment, and think about what you CAN do, however small, to make a difference….hold a door for the person behind you, say something nice to a co-worker, buy a cup of coffee for a stranger, donate a $1 to a charity, volunteer your time for a day or an hour, walk a shelter dog, be kind to your family, forgive a debt, and the list goes on. Whatever you do, do it with love and a full heart. Imagine what a beautiful world this would be if each and every one of us, did small acts of kindness and kept the perspective that great change comes from small steps….and for those like the LoPriore family, whose selfless act truly changed lives, I send love, prayers for healing, and great respect…