The Twin Cities YMCAs received a $70,000 grant to insure Minnesotan low-income children are at ease in the water. This year as of Thursday, 7-26-12, 32 people have drowned in non-boat related accidents in the state of Minnesota. The nonprofit Abbey’s Hope and the Minneapolis company Hawkins funded this grant, for the purpose of bringing water safety and swimming lessons to approximately 2,800 children and adults.
There is a famous quote from the Talmud stating: “Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” See: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talmud Rabbi Shavit-Lonstein of Temple of Aaron expounded on the quote, saying “When we help another person with actions that may seem small and insignificant to us, it can have an enormous impact. It is not a simple one-to-one relationship; a small effort can yield powerful results.”
By simply teaching water safety and swimming lessons to those who may not be able to participate in such programs due to cost, many lives may be saved. When we save one life, we are in effect saving many. The far-reaching effects of teaching simple water safety are something we may only be able to speculate upon.
Giving of our self in small ways, clearly can positively impact the life or lives of others. The “Council” channeled by William LePar, and of which is comprised of 12 highly evolved souls, said “To reach your maximum spiritual potential in this lifetime is very simple. Be compassionate. Be caring. Be loving. Be willing to make commitments and stay steadfast in those commitments regardless of how challenging they may be, for this shows your power and strength….. Be a being of love. Be a being that cares. Worry not about the large or big things that you wish to do or accomplish.” See: http://www.williamlepar.blogspot.com/
Yet as we love, care, and give of ourselves, we are not often able to discern, nor are we necessarily around to witness exactly what positive impacts we have had on another/others. Sometimes a small bit of encouragement, a kind word, or a loving gesture, or teaching someone something can greatly impact another in a positive manner, yet we may not be privy to see the result. However, it is truly not only important but essential to our spiritual growth and for a more positive impact on society, to continuously encourage others, offer kind words or kindness to others, pass on knowledge and give of our self.
It is possible that we may only truly know the impact our life had on others, when we pass on. Now is the time to live. Live to our fullest. Live in service to others. Live in kindness and live with love.
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