A Candle In The Wind

end of daysAll I have, all you have, all we have, is the power to do good and right within reach of our arm. I can’t defeat ISIS, or suck the oil and oil clean-up contaminants out of the Gulf, or imprison the people who wrecked the economy and laughed all the way to the bank, or imprison the people who started wars based on lies and torture and also laughed all the way to the bank, or break the “defense” industry over my knee and redirect their engorged funding toward the greater good, or stop the seas from rising, or the polar caps from melting. I can’t end greed, or hunger, or hatred, or disease…I can try, and do every day, but it is the equivalent of yelling at a thunderstorm. No matter how loud I shout, I still get wet.

I can do the best I can within reach of my arm, one reach at a time.

Unashamedly taken from this article – I commend it to you.

Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü

8 thoughts on “A Candle In The Wind

  1. When someone puts into just the right words something that you have been thinking or feeling, there is certainly no shame in quoting it. Thanks so much, Alan, for passing this article along to us. Much food for thought there.

  2. Oh, this really’s touched my heart, having two small children.. You see their enthusiasm, zest for life and just want to refuel them with goodness; you are right, we can all do our bit, one person, one reach at a time. it may be a drop in the ocean, but that good feeling of doing the right thing..

  3. Alan, thank you for sharing this moving article. It really is so discouraging these days – the whole world seems to be going to hell in a hand-basket and it is hard to know what to do. I agree we need to do what is within in the reach of one’s arm– or as the bumper-sticker in Cambridge (Mass) says “Think Globally, Act Locally”.

    1. . . it sometimes feels like the band playing on as the Titanic went down but what else is there? We don’t have to shrug and do nothing.

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