Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Doing My Bit

Had a pretty good weekend. Saturday was the highlight, when Allison and Rick, friends from Thompson stopped by for a short visit. Such a nice couple, with 2 beautiful kids. Allison and I worked together at the bank in Thompson. Allison and Rick thank you for driving all that way to visit with us. Allie, I know you will be reading this could you send me an email, I would love to hear about the appointment you had after you left our place.

To my cousin Carol. Carol, I have always known you are a wonderful lady. I just hadn’t realized how truly wonderful until I just read some information on you and daughter Lori. Mother and daughter both nurses and making a difference in this world. When I finish reading it all, I plan on bragging to the world about my cousins.

Over the past several days it has been my pleasure to meet via our blogs a very nice young lady, Kelly. Now, Kelly describes herself as a very insecure writer, personally I do not understand why she would feel insecure as I find her writing to be excellent. It is here I would put a link to her site, if I knew how, but I don’t so all I can do is add her to my blog role. West Coast Grrlie Blather

Now why would I single out Kelly and her blog. I know there are thousands and thousands of wonderful blogs out there. There are 3 reasons I mention Kelly specifically.

1) Kelly is obviously a lady of great intelligence as she seems to think I am great. LOL. I am not laughing at her intelligence that is obvious, I laugh at the me being great part.

2) Kelly sent me a personal email in which she expanded on some of her thoughts. I am going to quote part of that private email, I hope you don’t mind Kelly.

3) Most importantly, Kelly is trying to make a difference. Trying in her own way to make the world a better place, not just “her world” but the world. In her post, I think it was titled Mardi Gras, Kelly points out some of the inequities in the labor laws and the working conditions of many around the world. She offers a simple solution. Here Kelly, sorry but I would have to edit your comment. You are a proud American and suggest buy American made, well I as a proud Canadian would just change that to buy Canadian.

OK, changing working conditions around the world is a very worthy cause and I do support that. But, that is not the point I want to make, I now quote Kelly in her email.

“It is so easy to become overwhelmed by the problems of the world. But if individuals do not believe their actions will make a difference, and then stop doing anything positive–well, it just speeds up the whole hell-in- a- handbasket theory, doesn’t it?” West Coast Grrlie Blather

Very well put Kelly. It is here a thought hits me, I am sorry I can’t remember where I heard this “maybe you can’t save a million lives but you can save one”. I think it was one of the wonderful organizations through which you can sponsor a child. Due credit is given to which ever organization.

After my usual rambling I get to my point. Maybe one person can’t change the world or cure all the problems of the world. Every day though as individual I believe we can do our own little bit. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to go to sleep at night content with the knowledge, I did my bit, the world is just a little bit better because I was here. This is where Kelly’s message above is so right on. If we all throw up our hands in despair, thinking what could I possibly do that would help change the world? Nothing will ever happen.

So what can I as one individual do? Something big, something small and every size in between. There are the obvious, donate money to charities etc., get involved in your community as a volunteer in some worthy organization. But what if extra time or money is not available, there are still millions of things, some big, some small. If we think about it, even recycling one plastic jug, or picking up one piece of trash off the street, make a difference. A big difference maybe not, but a difference, non the less. I am not sure what the population of the world is in excess of 6 billion, but if everyone of those 6 billion did just one small thing every day, think of how much better our world would be. Realistically will the entire population ever get involved, not likely. But that doesn’t have to stop me from doing my part in doing my bit, be it big or small.

12 Responses to Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Doing My Bit

  1. ceeque says:

    lovely post Bill, glad to see you had a good weekend too! And you are so right about if all the worlds populace did one small thing per day – the difference it would make would be extraordinary! The ripple effect again methinks! Just a little something each day can make a difference to the people we interact with and if they do a little something…..we get a nice ripple…!

  2. Tami Spencer says:

    I am a television producer, and have just stumbled across your blog. It is beautiful and inspiring.
    I am working on a new show coming out next Fall. My assignment for this show is to make someone’s wish come true. I can select any type of wish. I have decided to do something meaningful with this opportunity. Since the host of the show has a 9 year old daughter with cancer, I have decided to offer someone who is terminally ill an opportunity to be reunited with someone important from their past, whom they have lost track of.
    I don’t know if this sounds like something that may interest you, or maybe it could be more beneficial to one of your blog readers, but I would love to provide this opportunity to someone.
    If you dont have someone you would love to reconnect with, is there some place you might direct me where I could present this opportunity to someone who may be in need of having such a wish granted?
    Thank you for your wonderful blog, your honesty and your courage.
    All my best,
    Tami Spencer

  3. babychaos says:

    Kelly and you are both spot on.



  4. Mel says:

    Someone did a ‘pay it forward’ with me. And darn that I can’t quite seem to ‘repay’ the debt of gratitude I ‘owe’.
    Frankly, I hope to never convince myself that I’ve ‘gotten even’.
    It’s the ‘getting even’ that makes the difference in the lives of other people–and in my life.

    Pay it forward.
    It’s got an awesomely powerful impact on the receiver and the giver.

    (And wow, Bill!! A television producer, eh? It’s a great idea to reconnect those ‘someone specials’. You tossed your hat in the ring?)

  5. Mel says:

    BTW–I’m thinking Kelly’s brilliant!

  6. Catherine says:

    We can do no great things, only small things with great love, happy are those……….Mother Teresa.

  7. Kelly says:

    Instead of “buy American” maybe it should be “buy North American.” That would cover Canada, the US and Mexico. I look for the country of origin everytime I buy an article of clothing. From time to time I see clothes that were made in Canada…and I buy them!

  8. babychaos says:

    Ah but what about “Buy British” says she cheekily. There’s a whole new can of worms…



  9. […] 13th, 2007 · No Comments Adopted virtual neighbor Bill in Canada (Dying Man’s Daily Journal) and real life San Gabriel Valley neighbor Kelly (West Coast Grrlie Blather) on making a […]

  10. […] 14th, 2007 by Kelly L.C. Russell I sent an e-mail to Bill about making difference, and he blogged about it.  Bill mentions me in his blog–so much so that I feel celebrated!  Thanks, […]

  11. Carol says:

    I think you’re making a huge difference and touching a lot of lives with this blog!

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on mine, and for adding me to your blogroll. I’m honored!

  12. Kelly says:

    BC, I appreciate your “buy British” comment. I happened to buy a wonderful British-made cardigan last Christmas. It’s a Buttercup Knitwear creation–pricey but worth it. http://www.buttercupknitwear.co.uk/

    The real goal is to buy “sweat-free.” Check out http://www.sweatfree.org/.

    Their mission? “Ending sweatshop exploitation by inspiring responsible local purchasing and fostering solidarity between U.S. communities and workers worldwide.”

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