Make a difference

Editor's notes


It's hard not to get overwhelmed by all that is wrong and unjust in the world, and it's harder still to answer the questions of our children, who often view the world simplistically, feeling that everything needs to be "fair."

"Why do we have so much when others have so little?" my kids often ask, especially as we approach the holidays. The truth is, I don't have a great answer to this question. But I have found that when I feel despondent in the face of injustice and inequity, it helps enormously to remind myself, and my kids, that we can all make a difference every day.

We might not cure cancer or end homelessness, but we can do something every day to improve the world-in our home, in our neighborhood, in our school, in our community. Sometimes it's as simple as greeting someone with a smile, or visiting with a neighbor even though we're in a hurry. I tell my kids that we might not be able to clothe and feed every person we see in need, but we can acknowledge them with the dignity that every human deserves. We can say, "Hello," look them in the eye and wish them a good day. Everyday we can find someone at school or work who needs recognition and inclusion.

When we focus on small things that we can control, our outlook feels more hopeful. Collectively, all of our microactions can create strong, thriving communities. I am constantly inspired by our Cover MOMs and readers who are making a difference every day in the lives of their families and communities. So the next time you feel discouraged by all of the need in the world, ask yourself what small act you can take today to make a difference.

 

Why? Because I said so!

 

Angela Hibbard
MOM Magazine Editor-in-Chief

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