Sunday, October 07, 2007

Sunday, 07 October 2007 - One person

Dear God:

Today, I am thankful for one person.

People say, "What good can one person do? What is the sense of our small effort?" They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time. We can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplies the loaves and the fishes. ~Dorothy Day

I just finished my application for a position with a politically-oriented organization. Despite my progressive beliefs and actions, I'm sure I won't get the job. This time, I'm probably not radical enough. Still, I welcomed the opportunity to explore my political motives and their origins.

If you asked me twenty years ago for my basic political philosophy, I doubt that I could articulate it. Now, years later, I've finally figured it out.

Here is the single belief that underlies my thinking and actions: One person can make a difference. My inspiration: an all-time favorite book, The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono (which I read in both English and French, listen to on CD and watch an animated adaptation on DVD).

For this blessing, I am grateful.


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