Wednesday, March 9, 2011

One day at a time

We have taken quite a few steps during this trip.
 We arrived in Pokhara a few days ago, after long local bus journeys, going through Devghat, Tansen, Butwal and then Pokhara. The roads were hair raising, on the edge of world it seemed sometimes. Thought I would share a moment that had me thinking today. We had gone for a hike to one of the smaller villages a couple of hours away. On our way back we noticed a young man with gloves and a big refuse bag on the edge of the lake. There were two young Nepali boys in a crouched position, talking to him. They asked lots of questions and looked very curious. They asked him what he was doing and he told them that Pokhara was such a beautiful place. He said that he was picking up the waste and cleaning up the area. They told him it is such a big task and he said, “All it takes is doing it one day at a time.” He smiled and continued chatting with them and cleaning up as he walked along.  
It had me thinking all the way back home. Here was one man doing it one day at a time. A big impossible task it may seem to all of us. How can we make a difference in the world? Can we make the stand, to look at nothing as impossible? We walked by all the dirt and waste every day, looking at it and shaking our heads. Thinking how sad the beautiful area looked. And here it only took one man to make a change. We never know how our actions can make an impact. For how long will we be the ones just looking at the needs of the world, thinking somebody should fix it or do something about it? Or will we be that one young man/woman that will put on a pair of gloves, grab a bag and say, “One day at a time.” Can we help revive a school, or will we belooking at it from the side thinking it is too impossible for one of us to make a change. That it is too much work or we do not have the time. We only have to do something small and look where it can expand too. This would go for anything in your life that has been your dream. The image of that solitary young man picking up papers by himself will be with me for some time to come.  

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