Small things count, small things matter, the smallest of good deeds will never fall flat. I have taught this to my boys since before they could understand it. It’s what my mother taught me, that we should do all the good that we can, no matter how small. The problems of the world are many and yet children hold this boundless courage and innocence that allows them to think they can change the world. One small gesture at a time they go about doing good–a painting for mom, a fundraiser, collecting canned goods for the poor. Kids want to change the world, they see a need and naturally want to fill it, it’s up to us to nurture our small philanthropists and conservationists into adulthood so that their want to do good becomes second nature.
It’s actually the small things that are often remembered the most–holding the door open for the person behind you, a smile, a thoughtful word or a hug. It’s the small things that make the big things possible. We should never underestimate the difference we can make in the lives of others. Kids know this.
One of my favorite inspirational quotes to share with my boys has become a sort of family motto…
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” – Unknown
A small, single, good deed can in fact change the world. Good deeds have a ripple effect, goodness spurs goodness: a single act can influence dozens more.
It’s been 4 years since my trip to Guatemala, where I was able to see first hand how vaccinations are saving children’s lives. My trip to Guatemala with Save the Children opened my eyes to the plight of the worlds children. To watch a child deteriorate due to diarrhea or struggle to breath from pneumonia is not only heartbreaking but preventable. 1.8 million children die each year from diarrhea, the second largest cause of global children mortality. Every year, 2.4 million children die from preventable diseases despite the availability of effective vaccines. Through the month of August our small deeds will make a huge impact on children worldwide.
Blogust is back for the fourth year and I’m beyond humbled and excited to be a part of this life saving campaign once again. We have the opportunity to turn our small gestures into something big, like saving a child’s life!
During Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015—a month-long blog relay—some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share inspirational quotes for their children. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or take action using the social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, one vaccine will be donated to a child around the world (up to 50,000).
Please comment below to give a child a shot at life!