A Helping Hand For a Better Tomorrow

A little given help from one person has the power to change the world forever!

Have you ever been faced with a world-renowned problem, want to get involved, but always commandeer an excuse that resembles the notion: a mere set of hands cannot and will not make a difference?  Think of poverty, homelessness, education issues, abuse, and kidnapping; this list is forever growing and these catastrophes are constantly encroaching and smothering not only our country, but also our world.  The problem, is that people can only see and wrap their mind around this astronomical, universal ailment; not the small things that add up to the surplus of despair.

Some cannot understand how the seemingly tiniest volunteered action, can save the life of an individual.  Handing out water, donating time to help cook for the underprivileged, or to just have a 5 minute conversation can change someone’s life forever.  The tiniest shed of hope that protrudes from your soul can be the ropes that bring people to their feet, bring brightness to their darkened outlook, and give them a reason to continue their path forward.

Imagine a world where instead of the usual alarm clock, the commotion of traffic and disgruntled drivers announce the beginning to your day.  Those new shoes in your closet are replaced with rugged sandals, hiding beneath your bed of gathered leaves so a passerby will not steal your luxury.  That electric run fridge sitting on the glistening tile of your kitchen is replaced with a rusted, chained, tin-can holding the remains of peoples wastefulness on a cold and rough cement pavement. Smiling, friendly faces of new acquaintances along your journey to work are replaced with smirks, frowns, and constant derogatory verbal and physical actions always judging your state of being.

I used to be one of you, always aware of the significant issues that impact our world, but too small to help.  Until recently, today, I made my first committed step to help with our educational issues.  Today, I met a fourth grade young man, whose smile and ambiance lit the hallways of his failing, F rated school.  His apprehension of life is on point with kids of his age, but his educational knowledge somewhat behind.  His craving to be better in life explodes within ever syllable his mouth pronounces, and his personality is accepting towards any willing and helping hand.  Today I was that hand, the hand I hope will guide him and support him to become anything he desires.

Today I’ve done something most won’t do, I ignored that overused notion of our nation and I stepped up to the plate.  I may have not resolved the failing aspects of our educational systems, but I plan on resolving the issues of an individual within that failing system.  This one small action brought hope to a child in a bad situation, where this emotion will push him to better himself and overall better the school.

I challenge you to a leap of faith, faith in yourself that you are capable to change something for the good.  During your busy day accomplish one good deed, whether it be a smile to the man who sleeps by the nearby gas station, voluntarily asking your neighbor to pick up their child from school, or tossing a bagged lunch to the intersections needy.  Although you might not feel satisfied with the idea that you made a difference, but that hope and empty stomach you filled will not go unnoticed by the accepter.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by mybreakfastclub on October 17, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    thanx for the info. 🙂

    welcome to my blog bro


  2. Posted by rachelheather on October 18, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Hey Justin,

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you – life in Teach for America is craaaaazy! The application process was pretty intense, but definitely doable. There’s the online application, then possibly a phone interview, and then if they still like you, a final day-long, in person interview. The final interview is definitely the toughest part. You have to teach a 5-minute lesson to the other interviewees, participate in a group discussion, take a test, and then have a one-on-one interview.

    Good luck with your application! TFA is a really fantastic organization. Let me know if you have any other questions!



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