I was pondering this quote…
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.Mother Teresa
How easy it is to judge, debate, measure and value another person or their contribution?
How easy is it to be overwhelmed with our own challenges and needs? How easy is to look at ourselves and wonder how on earth we can make really a difference?
But some people see all the same obstacles and just start with personal acts of justice: standing up, speaking up, giving small, giving big, loving generously, living beyond themselves.
One woman did just that and ended up changing the world. Recently I read this passage from a blog at Goalcast.com, that inspired me around Mother Teresa and her life story.
“Mother Teresa was an inspiration to countless millions for her lifelong devotion to the neediest and most vulnerable of the world. The selflessness and sacrifice with which she lived her own life made her an international symbol of charitable work, and the love and compassion she showed the destitute of all faiths won her a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, which she donated entirely to the poor.
Mother Teresa found her inspiration in Catholic teachings but won widespread affection and admiration in her adopted home of Calcutta, India by respecting local customs and beliefs and always placing our common humanity above religious divisions. By 2013, the charitable organization she had set up, the Missionaries of Charity, had spread to 700 missions in 130 countries, providing soup kitchens, centres for family assistance, orphanages, schools, hospitals and homes for people with diseases such as leprosy, AIDS and tuberculosis.”
We too can stand tall in the interests of others. It’s a magnificent view!