“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve,” Martin Luther King, Jr. said. “You don’t have to have a college degree to serve… You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
And, often it’s the simple things that we do in our everyday lives that make the biggest impact on others.
Here are five stories that illustrate how the smallest things can make a world of difference.
- A principal, at the school where he worked as a custodian, noticed Gabe Sonnier’s innate intelligence and told him, “You should be grading papers, rather than picking them up,” which changed his life.
- A stranger riding in the cab driven by Ricardeau Scutt’s father, offered to introduce the young man to a restaurant owner he knew stepping in to help when hearing of Scutt’s immensely difficult job search. Scutt now runs his own restaurant.
- Doctors heard about their young cancer patient’s love of football and came up with a solution, to the family’s delight.
- Jim Abbott, the professional baseball player born with only one hand, has a third grade teacher to thank for his inspiration to excel, despite his perceived disability.
- A Swedish schoolteacher Hilde Back paid $15 per month to sponsor a young child’s education. That child wound up attending Harvard and creating a nonprofit to pay for the education of other Kenyan children.
(READ the FULL story on Brad Aronson’s Blog) / Photo credit: Dominique Cappronnier (CC)