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#1 posted 12-26-2012 04:48 AM

Robert… My son just turned 18. Thank you for reminding me how precious he is.

PK, I hear you. I can sense a piece of your heart through your post. I admire and respect your opinions. I agree with you to a great extent. I hope you do not feel my thoughts are contentious.

Will a grain of sand in a sandbag hold back a surging river? When the flood water comes, doesn’t it take tens of thousands of full sand bags just to provide some hope that the flood will be held back? Even then, it is only hope and our hopes can get washed away.

I’m not one for fatalism, but I want to make a point.

Many of us are willing to throw in a grain of sand. It’s easy. Some will offer up a handful of sand or even 100 sandbags full of sand. Every grain of sand helps but it’s not enough. There are very few people who realize that the flood can only be held back by giving everything. Every sand bag they have, every ounce of sand they can beg borrow or buy. Every strip of flesh on their hands has to be sacreficed to fill the bags with shovels or fingers if need be. Even thuogh your very back is broken in the process of stacking more and more sand bags on top of one another, more may be needed. When you have given everything – absolutely everything – and the flood crashes through your barrier, would you be willing to build the next barrier?

It’s way harder than we ever magined to save a broken child. Most of us quit when we start breaking a sweat. The truth is – If everyone were willing to break a sweat to help, it would probably be enough. As it stands, we have to go all out and break our backs and hope.

So what?

When you start helping – Don’t quit. Even if you perceive futility – Don’t quit. It takes Every grain of sand in every bag with every shred of effort to do the job – so don’t quit. Don’t ever give up hope.

You do not know what mark you are going to leave on someone. While you are going about your day, throw a few grains of sand in a bag. Smile. Say thank you. Say have an awesome day. Compliment someone. Make someone laugh. Make someone smile. Make someone feel good. Do this especially if the person is having a lousy day and doesn’t treat as well as you deserve.

WHY? Because THAT person may be going home to a child who needs a break and YOU may have just bought it for them. It takes every grain of sand to hold back the flood.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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