Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Save The Cheerleader, Save The World!
How To Be A Superhero

The tagline from the hit TV series “Heroes” is both intriguing and catchy. It would be great if we were all superheroes able to save the world from the brink of disaster, however in reality this is not to be.

In real life we do have opportunities to “save the world” though. Most of us cannot save the entire population, but for a few of the less fortunate among us we could be a superhero.

One third of the world population lives in extreme poverty. A poor child dies every three seconds. Giving a goat, or a cow to a family who would otherwise starve truly would save their world!

Whatever small or large things we do to help others need not be dramatic, or qualify for their own tagline, but we can save the world – one person at a time. It does not require a grand gesture. Sometimes, just a kind word is enough.

As you save the world in your own way, one act at a time…you also save yourself. If you have given before, you know what I mean.

You may have heard the story of the man walking along the beach littered with thousands of washed up starfish, drying out and dying. He sees a little girl ahead of him. Every few feet she bends over, picks one up, and throws it back into the sea.

As he draws closer he says, "Why are you doing that? There are so many starfish; you’ll never save them all.” She looked at him with the simple wisdom of childhood as she tossed another one in and said, "No, but I can save this one!"

Save the starfish, save the world!
Save the hungry, save the world!
Save the destitute, save the world!
Save anyone, save the world!

One at a time.
The tide turns.