Last night after I wrote about the LOVE Statue in Philly, Terry and I had a conversation about the value of small vs. global acts of love. Giving someone a coat or supporting the mission that gives away hundreds of thousands of coats-which is the better way to act in love?
In my mind, both are important and actually I’m not sure you can have one without the other. I think about the Gap’s RED campaign against AIDS, and Nicholas Kristof’s continued work to expand gender equality, and Youth to Youth’s dedication to creating dynamic young leaders. They all started as a seed of an idea in someone’s heart and mind. One person decided they could make a difference, that they indeed would make a difference.
So, the niggling question is this? What am I going to do? What is my part in this life I’ve been given? For now, this is what I’ve decided. I will continue to seek out small opportunities to show love in my own circles, but I will also support people who took their seed of an idea and grew it into an operation that helps people in places I’ve never been, people living in circumstances I cannot fathom, people I could not otherwise reach.
My photo of the LOVE statue was far from perfect. It was everything I didn’t want it to be. It was a glimpse into the gaunt face of homelessness. In response, I choose to commit small acts of kindness in conjunction with using my resources to support organizations that embody what it means to love. If my money becomes their money, if my time becomes their time, and in turn if their arms become my arms then my reach knows no bounds. And to me, that’s a perfect picture.