What can be done!


Every day we are hear about situations dangerous and sad. We receive “news” embellished with much drama. Many of the situations reported are truly terrifying. With the technology available to us, it is possible to reach out and offer condolences, coordinate relief funds in situations of disaster, and find like-minded people to share our concerns through social networks.

Yet, I wonder if our natural desire to help one another, person-to-person, makes those types of alternatives frustrating and overwhelming. The big picture is very important. What is happening in our world, across our country and in our states affect each of us deeply.

If we only focus on the “big” picture it is overwhelming and all too easy to feel helpless. Take a minute to consider what actions can be taken – our neighbor in need still lives next door. What is before us is where we start. By example we can slowly impact the larger problems beyond us.

Don’t let the big picture keep you from making a difference where you are. Compassion and care is never wasted. Like dropping a small stone in the center of a still lake, the ripples move far beyond the stone’s impact . Simple acts of compassion toward those in need and showing interest in the concerns of our local communities become the stones in the center of a still lake.

By doing what we can, with what we have, in the place where we live, the world will feel the ripples of compassion and concern. May these be the actions that help the tides turn.

10 thoughts on “What can be done!”

  1. My sweet, Carrie! This is an excellent reminder: “by doing what we can, with what we have…feel the ripples of compassion and concern.” So lovely. Thank you for this wonderful morning message. Have a blessed day.


  2. thanks, Carrie. Being present in the moment and the person in front of you is what I strive for but often fall short. Thanks for the wonderful nudge.


    1. Hi Deeanna! I think being present is an effort for all of us. An effort that reminds us to be gently support one another. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.


  3. Beautifully put, Carrie. The world can seem like such a hopeless place sometimes, you have to look away from the big picture and do what you can do. Thanks for sharing!


    1. I believe much of our struggle comes from focusing on the difficult things in our world. One good act can change someones whole day! Your words are wise. Peace.


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