You have no idea how rewarding writing this column is, but I'll give you an idea by sharing a letter I received from Elaine Hogan of Brocton. She is new to the area and she finds so many things in my column interesting because they are wholesome and uplifting. She says she appreciates the message that each of us has gifts and talents that God has given us that not only bless us (if we use them), but others as well. Here's how it works: we will be blessed, our communities will be blessed, our nation will be blessed and the world will be blessed. It all starts with one.
Here's what she said:
"I see from your column you are one and are trying to get others involved, not with large showy things but very small deeds of kindness, but also standing in BOLDNESS at times for the things we value that have made America a great nation.
"I follow your lead. I believe I can make a difference too."
She told me this story. When she went outside to walk the dog last winter her neighbor had cleaned the snow off her car, swept the steps, delivered her paper to the door and even cleaned a spot in the snow for her dog to use the "restroom." Also, must I tell you the neighbor was a woman?
Elaine quoted a scripture that says "I can't do everything, but I will do something and I will do that something I can do." That is making good choices. It's a great power we can all tap into. We all need to do the thing we can do.
Here are some of the things Elaine can do. She can be a mentor, a teacher (at home, in church, in the community), she can share, she can pray, she can feed the hungry, she can clothe the poor one coat or hat at a time, she can share her home, she can share her hope, she can write, she can encourage, she can befriend, she can email, she can text, she can read good books like "The Harbinger" and share the book reports, and she even keeps up with the current news. Wow! Wow wow wow!
Don't you think you should cut out this column and put it on your refrigerator? Or maybe you should add some of the new good habits you want to develop. Maybe you have something on your list of the things you can do that wasn't mentioned here. Share it.
We know that both Hitler and Lenin said that if they could have had all children's minds for the first four years, they could have changed the whole world?
Come on world, do you have to be hit by lightning? Why can't the homes, the schools, the churches and the publishers get the message and fill our young people's minds with good thoughts that will lead to good habits and actions?
We don't want to be Hitler. We don't want to control people physically and mentally. We don't want to teach our children greed and pride and racism. Let's teach them good things. Let's fill their minds with love, selflessness, humility, generosity and caring.
Parents, what are your children watching on television? What kinds of movies do they watch? Who is in control of the remote controls? Don't point at someone else! You are the parent! Point at yourself. It is your job to lead and to protect.
Parents, do you ever write to the television stations and tell them you want better programs? Do you ever make recommendations to movie houses? Tell them what you would like to see and what you don't want to see. If they start losing money, they'll change. How about the foul language being used? We deserve better!
Elaine repeated that everything starts with one. Well, are you "one?" You can be! You can start and be counted! And soon, all these "ones" can become an army of people doing good and spreading good.
Write to your families out of town and out of state. Open up communication. You'll be surprised at how soon things around the house get better! Love spreads!
Make sure to talk to groups in our society that have connections. Join volunteer groups at your libraries and churches. Become speakers for them and convert them to "ones." Get involved and we'll all have better lives!