Just some thoughts:
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
This past week I attended a banquet held each year by the Nashville Literacy Agency.
As I sat there I was reminded of a quote. I think the first time I heard it was in Mrs.Riddle’s high school English class. I was no Rhodes scholar in her class, (or any class.) It was the last class of the day the room was right over the gym (home of the Pimento Peppers) and my mind had already gone to basketball practice. But there was no teacher high school or college that influenced me as she did. A excellent teacher and a classy lady.
The quote, and she often pulled what seemed like things out of the air, was ” To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” I think it was said by some guy who got lost, went out and lived by a pond in the woods. Yes, I do know, Henry David Thoreau.
The banquet is held each year to honor the students and volunteers who are a part of this program. Basically teaching people to read. I have been told that one out of ever eight people in Nashville has a literacy issue. Can you imagine not being able to read. To pick up a paper, hey even more importantly a basketball program and not read the names,etc.
I was struck by a number of things said that evening but in particular something that was said by a volunteer, a lady who takes her time each week helping teach people to read. She said:
“One day I finally came to the realization that I was self-absorbed. Everything in my world, was about me. It was time I got outside myself.”
As I heard one quote recently: “The problem with some people’s world, its’ too small, they seemed to appear and think they are the only ones on it.”
Volunteers. There are many things that make America great but I think one of them is their spirit to help others.
Volunteer: “A person who freely offers to take part in an undertaking or task. Often to help another.”
Volunteer’s they make a difference, they often perform the highest of art, they add to the quality of not just a person’s day, but a person’s life.
So to my good friend the director of this agency, K.K. everyday you and your people can take pride in knowing
You are making a difference.” Not everyone can say that.
=========================================November 24, 2019