“Each one of you has your own platform. Do not let the trappings here fool you. Mine is a stage in a studio, yours is wherever you are with your own reach, however small or however large that reach is. Maybe it’s 20 people, maybe it’s 30 people, 40 people, your family, your friends, your neighbors, your classmates, your classroom, your co-workers. Wherever you are, that is your platform, your stage, your circle of influence. That is your talk show, and that is where your power lies. In every way, in every day, you are showing people exactly who you are. You’re letting your life speak for you. And when you do that, you will receive in direct proportion to how you give in whatever platform you have.” – Oprah Winfrey
As a mom, I want my children to be kind and compassionate. I want them to understand the joy of giving and not just receiving. I want them to know that one person can make a difference no matter how small or big their voice is.
I love helping others. I love giving. And I’m fortunate that you all keep coming back and reading what I have to say giving me a small voice in this blogging community. I want to use that voice to do what I can to help others.
I’m not going to lie. I was a bit disappointed with the outcome of Soul 4 the South. When I did the math in my head I thought we could raise SO much money. We could help SO many people. If everyone who stopped by here donated $10 we could raise $20,000. I realize that people are hurting now. Times are tough. But, $10 is skipping your trip to Starbucks twice one week. Or bringing lunch to work rather than eating out. Especially with the chance to win such great prizes.
And then my friend sent me some encouraging words and a link to this post. It made sense. I got over being disappointed and realized that whatever we raised was going to help someone and that’s all that mattered.
I didn’t quite realize how much until last night when I got an email from BeRemedy telling me how far the money we helped raise went. How WE, together, with just small donations of $10 were able to help Nathan, a single Dad of four in Joplin recently diagnosed with cancer get back on his feet. Every single donation of $10 helped. YOU helped to change their lives.
So, know that whatever you give or do, no matter how small can add up to something big. Thanks to each and every one of you who donated, helped spread the word, and to our amazing vendors for making this possible! I’m happy to have been a small part of this and I hope you are too.