aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Making the world a better place

Nearly every weekday when I go running, I see a little old lady parking her car at the Multnomah Art Center on the dot of seven. She is a volunteer for one of the many services offered there. With a cloud of white hair, she looks to be well over 80, but she is always on time, always wearing a smile. When I saw her this morning, she was stooping over to do some impromptu weeding on her way into the building.

And then on the tail end of my run, I saw a guy running fast, and holding a clear plastic bag in his right hand. It took me a minute to figure out what was in the nearly full bag, but then I saw him scramble up an embankment and snag a discarded red McDonalds french fry box. Every thirty or so steps he added another piece of discarded paper or plastic.

There is so much wrong with the world that it can seem overwhelming. Yet both of these people have dedicated themselves to making a difference, no matter how small.

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