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Sunday, February 16, 2014

There Are NO Insignificant People!

YES, I'm talking to you ... especially you!

There are no insignificant people in this life ... only people who refuse to take any significant action. One reason for avoiding such action is being duped into believing the pernicious lie ... "There is nothing I can do. I can't make any difference anyway." Nonsense.

On Saturday, February 15, 2014, there was a massive pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Imagine: you're driving the highway, intent on getting where you are going and all your plans for the day. Suddenly, the road beneath you is covered with ice. The front of your car begins to swing on its own. Startled, you and many, many others hit the brakes ... the wrong move but the usual first one. Tractor trailer trucks jackknife, cars and SUVs slide and there are at least two wrecks in a chain involving 20 to 25 cars each. Twenty-five people are injured, hundreds of motorists, yourself included, are stranded on that stretch of highway. Our transportation technology has given us the illusion the world is smaller ... but now, on that icy stretch of highway the world has gotten very big for you and everyone else, very big indeed.

Significant people took action. Of course you had the police, the ambulance crews, and the wreckers. You also had concerned citizens moved to act to make the day just a little better. There was the man who immediately sprinted from his car to the car of the woman he hit to apologize and make sure she was alright. There was the woman who seemed to materialize out of nowhere with coffee and donuts. walking among the cars and handing them out. Another man showed up with bottled water and stood hollering, "Anybody need water?" A manager, 6 months pregnant, called her staff, who were able get there to take her little girl to daycare. This manager's young daughter was getting cold, hungry, and scared. You can imagine this mother's relief when her daughter received help from her staff. She's giving her coworkers raises.

When one stranded motorist's battery died, her equally stranded fellow sufferers from surrounding vehicles found jumper cables and recharged her battery so she could stay warm. The list of significant people goes on.

You can find significant people anywhere on any day. They come from all walks of life.

On this day, they were drawn to those multiple wrecks along the highway that had people stuck from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM and helped in many ways. You may try feebly to argue that these were very small acts of no lasting significance. Tell that to the motorists who received the kindnesses of strangers. I believe they will tell you a different story. I also believe they'll look for ways to extend that significant helping hand to others in the future. Those people who reached out started a wave that will move forward, a wave of positive action that will grow as time goes by and more people take action. No, there are no insignificant people. Only those who believe the lie and sit still when they should be doing something.

So, what will YOU do today? Keep your eyes open. Pay attention and be prepared. Opportunities will arise today. Be ready to act and make a real difference in someone else's life. Or, maybe today is the day someone else gets to make a significant difference in yours!

Good luck!

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