It Does Matter

We are being pummeled by terrible news.  It’s heavy duty stuff.  Hurricanes and more hurricanes, earthquakes, massive fires, terrorism, and on and on and on.  I understand when I hear someone say that they feel helpless to do anything because there’s just too much to do.  It’s exhausting, and it’s overwhelming.

But do something good for someone else anyway.

There’s an amazing person who lives in my neighborhood.  Actually there are many of them, but this one is epic, and I seriously doubt that she even knows it.  She’s not trying to impress anyone.  She’s just doing her thing, and that happens to helping everyone she possibly can.  Before the last raindrop from the hurricane fell, she was in full gear organizing a local shelter for any flood victims in need.  The shelter has been closed for days, but she never stopped.  She just shifted to alternate relief efforts.  It’s just what she does.

We needed a break from the recent routine of incessant worry, so we took our kids to the beach yesterday.  While we were there, this beautiful story kept circling my mind.  It’s not a new tale, but I have always loved the message.  It makes me think of my amazing neighbor.  This is for you TG!

A child went to the beach with his family and saw countless starfish washed upon the beach.  As he played in the waves, he noticed a man walking along.  He would take a few steps and then toss a couple of starfish into the water.  A few more steps. A few more starfish. Over and over again. The child approached the man and said, “Why are you doing that?  You can’t save them all.  It doesn’t matter.”

The man smiled, reached down to pick up a starfish, and tossed it gently into the ocean.  He looked at the child and responded, “It mattered to that one.”

Don’t give in to apathy. Remember the power of hope.  If you can help someone, make the choice to do that.  Please note that I am not talking about enabling bad behavior or choices, but that’s a post for another day.

You know when you are acting with kindness, and the little stuff isn’t hard to do.  Your kindness matters to the one who receives it.  Good will in action may not save the world in a moment, but it does change it for the better right then and there.

Thank you to all of you who have changed my world for the better.  You inspire me to be braver, to be kinder, and to keep changing what I can for the better, too.

Love and light always – Joanna


21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. wakinguponthewrongsideof50
    Sep 10, 2017 @ 18:51:37

    Beautiful post! You radiate truth, kindness and good feelings whenever you write. You are also sarcastic and witty and never fail to make me laugh!!xo🐷


  2. mainepaperpusher
    Sep 10, 2017 @ 22:49:35

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. It does matter, indeed. ❤️💕❤️💕❤️


  3. roseelaineblog
    Sep 10, 2017 @ 23:01:09

    Keep smiling, keep believing, keep being you 🌹


  4. I tripped over a stone.
    Sep 10, 2017 @ 23:43:06

    Amen, Jo. It certainly does indeed matter.~Kim


  5. Mischenko
    Sep 11, 2017 @ 06:11:45

    Such a beautiful post, Joanna. Every word… ❤


  6. Tracy
    Sep 11, 2017 @ 07:02:27

    I’ve heard that story Jo and it’s beautiful. If you help ONE person, it matters. X


  7. Merbear74
    Sep 11, 2017 @ 07:35:05

    Yes! I love that story, it does freaking matter. ❤


  8. Playamart - Zeebra Designs
    Sep 23, 2017 @ 22:20:24

    Often I am able to load pages and read them offline at night when at the ‘new’ house, but then I am unable to comment! This was such an enjoyable read, one that gave my heart a great smile…. You’re doing some really fantastic writing, dear friend!


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