Make Difference by Media Club

Beautiful Kashmir

Just a crazy thought how everyone these days wants to make a difference in the world, politicians, scientists, doctors, even common people like you and me we all want to make the difference, to lead and to stand tall and different from all. But no one cares to do some small deed, everybody wants to take it to a mass level; but everything big also has to start at some time with a spark a small effort and this other day I came across this small story that I really wanted to share. So it goes like this:

“Every Sunday morning I take a light jog around a park near my home.  There’s a lake in one corner of the park.  Each time I jog by this lake, I see the same elderly woman sitting at the water’s edge with a small metal cage sitting beside her.

This past Sunday my curiosity got the best of me, so I stopped and went over to her.  As I got closer, I realized that the metal cage was in fact a small trap.  There were three turtles, unharmed, slowly walking around the base of the trap.  She had a fourth turtle in her lap that she was carefully scrubbing with a brush.

Hello,” I said.  “I see you here every Sunday morning.  If you don’t mind, I’d love to know what you’re doing with these turtles.

She smiled.  “I’m cleaning off their shells,” she replied.  “Anything on a turtle’s shell, like algae or scum, reduces the turtle’s ability to absorb heat and impedes its ability to swim.  It can also corrode and weaken the shell over time.”

Wow!  That’s really nice of you!” I said.

She went on: “I spend a couple of hours each Sunday morning, relaxing by this lake and helping these little guys out.  It’s my own strange way of making a difference.”

But don’t most freshwater turtles live their whole lives with algae and scum hanging from their shells?” I asked.

Yep, sadly, they do,” she replied.

I scratched my head.  “Well then, don’t you think your time could be better spent?  I mean, I think your efforts are kind and all, but there are fresh water turtles living in lakes all around the world.  And 99% of these turtles don’t have kind people like you to help them clean off their shells.  So, no offense… but how exactly are your localized efforts here truly making a difference?

The woman giggled aloud.  She then looked down at the turtle in her lap, scrubbed off the last piece of algae from its shell, and said, “Sweetie, if this little guy could talk, he’d tell you I just made all the difference in the world.”

So by this we know you can change the world, maybe not all at once, but one person, one place, and one good deed at a time.  People who revolutionized the world didn’t just stood up and the world was standing behind them but they did start somewhere, where they were alone, they with dedication and hard work did what they had to and in turn inspiring others to follow and help them. So wake up every morning and pretend like whatever you do makes a difference. It does and if it inspires anyone else he/she will surely start doing what you’ve been doing and a small effort might transform into changing the world’s philosophy to see. And also every fire starts from a spark just as everything has to be started in order to finish it or spread it. So let’s start doing our part in making our surrounding a better place to live in and make a difference.


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