What Can I Do?

How often have you heard someone say about some big problem, “What can I do?”

I received a little circular of Christopher Notes the other day, and I thought the lead article was really quite good. I’d like to quote it to you:

“When you consider the vastness of world problems, you may ask yourself: ‘What can I possibly do about any of them?’”

The mere fact that you have conscientiously questioned yourself means that you are on the way to your own particular part of the answer. Take just one small step and prepare for a surprise. “You will be amazed,” the article goes on, “how quickly God opens doors for you when you are motivated by determined hope, not gloomy despair. Here are examples of what persons are doing once those first small steps are taken:

The teenage boy and girl who are credited with discovering a new theory for the cure of cancer and also for “throwing new and surprising light on the nature of cancer”.

The judge who insisted on longer hours for a court in order to speed up the trials.

The wife and mother who gave up a job outside her home in order to live up to her passion for being a homemaker.

The news dealer who refuses to sell salacious literature.

The lawyer who is helping members of a trade union in their battle for honest leadership.

The social worker who is doing much to keep families together.

The dentist who encourages his young patients to undertake worthwhile constructive careers.

The television producer who strives to fulfill his obligation to the public by presenting high quality programs.

The 91-year-old woman who insisted on fulfilling her duty when the judge offered to excuse her because of her age. She said, “Who wants to be excused? I want to serve.”

The young woman who keeps before the public the cause of captive peoples behind the Iron and Bamboo Curtains.

The economist who devotes all his efforts to the prevention of inflation.

The secretary who shifted jobs in order to work on a magazine where she will have more opportunities to do something creative and constructive.

The businessman who gave up his job to enter the government and help bring about savings for the taxpayer in a department that spends millions annually.

The 50-year-old woman who is re-entering the field of teaching.

The governor of a leading state who had withdrawn from politics but returned after reading GOVERNMENT IS YOUR BUSINESS”.

Multiply these fifteen examples fifteen thousand times, and the results will knock your hat off. And here are a few tips that may help you do your part: Rather than shrug your shoulders and hang your head at a problem – even a big one – do something, however little, to solve it. Discover your own hidden, untouched power for good. Reflect on the wise words of the doctor who said: “Most humans are ambling along at probably no more than five or six percent of their total efficiency.” And to sum it up, instead of saying, “Why doesn’t somebody do something about it?” keep asking yourself, “What can I do?”

Everything great in the world was started by a single human being. Don’t sell yourself short. There are lots of things you can do, lots of things you can begin – by simply beginning.

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