Has helped along his fellowmen.
--Edgar A. Guest
It's hard to be interested in something that seems too remote. Sure, we're sorry for starving people in faraway places. And the TV news story about whole villages disappearing in an earthquake makes us feel terrible - until the next news story comes on. It doesn't mean we're bad people when we don't respond much to such tragedies. It only means they're not personal - and only the personal is real.
We care most about what we're involved in directly. If we're not personally involved, we're not very enthusiastic either. If we are the ones starting a new [12 Step] meeting, setting up the chairs, making the coffee, the success of that meeting means a lot to us. If our children are on drugs, we're not bored by city council meetings where new drug programs are discussed. It's our stake in something that makes it important.
The world doesn't need any more spectators. To feel more alive, we must be more alive. Caring is life and involvement is growth.
Today, I will not sit on the sidelines. I will act on behalf of a good cause that deserves my support. You are reading from the book:
Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty