Sometimes we wonder if our seemingly small actions really make a difference. A couple of days ago I had a meeting in town and afterwards, as I started home, I saw the person in the car ahead of me toss a can out his window. Grrr…. It was a quiet, residential area and no other traffic so I pulled over, crossed the street and picked up the can so I could recycle it. Just as I did so, another car passed me and the driver probably thought I was one of those weird, eco-nuts. Oh, yeah. I guess I am. Thanks, Lisa. 😉
So, I’m on my way home and happen to notice an elderly gentleman on the side of road picking up (you guessed it) cans. I pulled over, and because his back was to me and he was apparently almost deaf, it took me a bit to catch up to him and get his attention as he was walking down into a ravine. I handed him the can, telling him that I had just picked it up after someone threw it out their car window and he could have it. This sweet old man in his striped overalls and big hat tied under his chin gave me a big smile and thanked me.
It may sound silly but I can’t begin to tell you how happy this made me. Sure, it was merely a single bit of litter removed from the street and only a single can added to the ones the man was picking up which doesn’t sound like anything at all. But I still felt good about it.
I then came home and while checking Facebook saw that a friend had posted the following article from The Onion (a satirical site):
It is a humorous look at how we fail to see the way in which our individual, seemingly small, actions add up. Do take a look at it; it’s pretty funny. I thought the timing was superb.