If every kid grew up wanting to make the world a better place, the world would be a better place.
But what’s odd to me is that when I listen to these kids, I often hear that they do say this.
How strange that one would desire such a noble goal, but then fail to carry it out.
But then, if I listen closer, I find a clue as to why that is the case.
I hear them spill their desires, their goals and dreams of love and unity, helping the suffering, mending old souls… and always a caveat at the end, “I just have to figure out how.”
But let’s say this child, then ages and comes to grow, still holding this desire, ever-lasting in their soul… but as time goes on and work and marriage take their toll, well, it’s easy to see how this goal may fall just shy of being reached and purposeful.
But then as old-age starts to grow, a bitter resentment inside will grow… and these same kids who are now parents, have left their dreams of helping fall too cold…
And one day their child will share with them a pure desire, a big dream that one day the world will be better, and this parent will scold and shout and say, “You are foolish to think this, as I used to be the same way.”
And so it seems that we’ve reached today, where dreams of helping have fallen to the wayside… replaced with corporation, promotions, and wages, a big dollar sign to help calm our failing patience.
God help the family and the child, for each and all the same desire, but time and work has spoiled away… the help that each may have gave.
Start today! Though you do not know the path, start today! Though you do not know the way. Stumble and fall! Trip along the frozen grass, but let not your focus slip away.
For we each have but one chance to live as we may, and perhaps we’ve all forgotten that once we all had noble desires.