Can I make a difference? Can you make a difference? Can WE make a difference….
It’s not easy. It won’t happen overnight. Don’t expect praise. People may not understand or even care. But if we decide to make the world a better place — to accept others, to learn, to acknowledge, to grow and give back, to reach out, to ask questions, to SPEAK UP! We will make a difference.
I know it’s not easy. I wrote this book many years ago with a dream that I could affect change. I knew I would have to be the “little engine that could.” I will admit that there were times when I ran out of steam and I stopped still in my tracks. I admit that there were so many times that I could not see the sun beyond the hill I was climbing that I stopped climbing. I will also admit that just when I felt like giving up it was someone or something that would bring me back to that idealist-self that wrote this book and believed that peace had to begin with kids.
I still believe that with all of my spirit. And, there are many, many people out there who are doing everything they can to make the world a better place in their own way. Every one of the them could use an extra voice, an extra hand, and one more believer.
Don’t sit idle and let the world become a place where fear turns into hatred and hatred becomes an accepted way of life. Then there is no peace. There is no unity.
When I was a kid we had a rooster named Henry. He was blind in one eye and had a bad leg but it didn’t bother him. Every morning when the sun would rise he would crow a proud and awakening crow. If the clouds covered the sun he’d crow to his flock. If the sun came back out he’d crow to them again. When one of his hens laid an egg, he’d crow about that. Henry crowed because he had something to say and he crowed because he could!
Find something to crow about and crow! I’d love to have you share my message and I’d be happy to hear about something that matters to you. The picture above is my sister, Kelly, reading the book to 3rd and 4th graders. I will always be grateful for her belief in me and my message. Thanks for thinking with me… Tim