The whispers. I know you have them too.
December 21st, 2012 | SarahLove
There is a whisper in all of us. We can choose to ignore it or choose to listen up closely. Not just listen, but then take action. After all, actions do speak louder than even the meekest of sounds.
I have been ignoring many whispers in my soul. I don’t know if I will ever be able to listen to them all or ever act upon them either. If I am being realistic, I can’t possibly. The list seems overwhelming because I don’t really see the tail end of it. It just seems to keep rolling up tighter and bigger and longer. This never ending whispering list.
My friend, Fay, invited me to a ‘Drive-Thru Holiday Challenge’. She challenged many people to participate in a random act of kindness challenge of doing something nice for someone during November and December. I participate all year round in doing good things like this but often choose to remain anonymous most of the time. So, this wasn’t going to be hard for me in the least bit.
Oh, how I was so very wrong.
A blizzard has swept through Wisconsin. It’s bitter cold during the day and at night it bites at your skin with the slightest breeze. I looked over and saw a group of five huddled in blankets on the front of some church steps. My heart called out to them. Here I sit: warm from the elements, the heat blasting on my face in the car and a warm dinner waiting for me at home. I was way too comfortable. It’s not fair. Why am I here and why are they there? As I handed them a bag full of hot dinner, my heart ached. There were no longer five people huddled, there were twenty. A person added for each minute it took to order their food??? They all smiled and were grateful but what I handed over….it just wasn’t enough. There are people, our neighbors and friends starving. Not starving for a luxury drink at Starbucks. Hungry for food in their stomachs and warmth in their hearts. We really are not that different, you know.
Last night’s ‘holiday challenge’ was suppose to make me feel good about doing something kind, right? I feel mostly sick. It is clear to me that I am not done.
I have a choice to listen to my heart. Right now the ache is high and I hear my soul loud and clear. Friends remind me, ‘you can’t change the world’. Family tells me, ‘you have helped enough.’ I hate that. Seriously, HATE IT. Because what if I can’t change the world, what if one day I accept that I have helped enough? What kind of person would that make me? The thought of the suffering overwhelms me. I am left to start smaller. Much, much smaller than I care to even say out loud. I will continue to give and share whatever I have, even if it’s not enough because I know that little bits here and there, when added together equal a whole. Oh rumbling whisper, that I can’t ignore, I hear you!!! It’s not enough. You hear them too, don’t you???
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The world, I cannot change. Okay. I don’t like that but I grasp the concept. But what if I have the capacity to change just one person’s life? That is where I keep starting. One at a time. And it won’t be with a mocha-chino double shot soy, hold the whip cream, latte.