Friday, September 01, 2006

An ordinary opportunity for extraordinary joy

"There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life."
- Sister Mary Rose McGeady

We are all familiar with people who would take issue with the degree of importance Sister Mary Rose placed on making a difference in someone's life. Surely, they would say, there are more joyful endeavours than this.

Like making money. Or making more money. And still more.

Or just getting ahead of the next guy.

Maybe saving a bundle on taxes by sidestepping through a loophole would be nice too.

Such people have little fear of their world being troubled by thoughts of making a fundamental difference in someone's life.

They are probably already parents imbuing their children with their value system, making that fundamental difference while knowing nothing about it.

They will never know the joy that Sister Mary Rose McGeady felt by helping someone who was in despair about how tragic life was or who was bitter about how they had been dealt such a bad hand in life. Maybe someone who was just plain beaten down by hard luck.

Her joy surpassed that of the greedy ones by a factor of ten, or more. She knew what life was about. She had no doubt about why we were placed on this earth.

I have been extremely fortunate to have experienced that joy as well.

I hope you have the opportunity.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to give others that special opportunity.
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