First step

When I came home, first thing I did was to re-arrange things in my room and get rid of old stuff – you always have toys you don’t need anymore, small things you liked being a child etc. Now I decided not to put them into the storage to gather dust or throw away as I usually did, but to give them away to others who might still use the stuff. There are people who are in less favorable position, and for whom small things can make the difference…

There is a social home in our town for children who don’t have parents, and I went there yesterday. This social home is one floor in a school building, and first impression I had when entered – I saw a couple of children who came to open – that they were very polite, which wasn’t the exact things I frankly speaking expected to see. I met some left by parents children in our town before, and they are usually people angry with life, but this was not the case here.

But, well, when I went to the room to ask an administrator whom should I give my things – before I started talking, there was impression on her face “My God, what do you want from me”. I think people might be tired with the life they have…
And then, you know, when I said I don’t want much, just to give things I don’t need myself, to children, there was a weak smile on her face, and it was such a nice smile to see. Another tutor came, and it was so nice and sad at the same time to see how they said – so good that people still remember about us and children, and someone cares. I felt a bit embarrassed when started to put things on the table – because the children were standing around, and I felt in a way that it might be pity and offending to them, but no worries, they were just genuinely glad, already figuring out what they’ll do with those new for them toys…
And you wouldn’t believe, I got lost, I murmured a couple of words “glad that you can use it, hope it helps”, weakly smiled and left.
I didn’t know what to say, it stroke me how little effort it was for me giving away those toys, and how big was the difference of receiving them for people in the social home…

And when I was already on the street, I was smiling wide – I knew that I did a good thing that day, I make someone’s life better, I made people glad – and it was very easy, easier that you think.

How much of those little things that matter much, are around us?
And how easy it is to make a little good change? Very .

I shame myself now for many other opportunities like that one that I had before, for not noticing where my help would be useful. In every place you are in, there is someone who might live better this day, because you do something.
And believe me, you don’t need to wait to be appointed a UN Good Will commissioner to act upon 🙂

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop