While I was in law school, my children went through a divorce and the loss of their beloved grandfather. Nothing could pierce through their sadness and they started suffering in school. When my youngest asked for music lessons, I had to tell her “no” multiple times because we could not afford it at the time.
Then my friend told me about Youth Music Project. They provide music lessons to children regardless of the ability to pay. My children received free music lessons for two years, and they are still taking lessons today. Mikayla is learning how to play the piano, and Grace and Ryan are learning how to play the guitar. This gift of music soothed their little souls. Music infiltrated their entire bodies and healed them from the inside out. Not long after, they began receiving top grades in school again. I know firsthand that any gift of music matters, because it mattered to my children.
My goal is to pay it forward to 100 children a year. I hope you can join me in this goal. You can donate to Youth Music Project by clicking on their logo above.
I was driving to work one day many years ago, and heard this story on the radio. It has forever changed the way I view the impact we all could have on the world.
The Starfish Story
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing.
He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean.
Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)
“Believe in the little things in life, for someday they will become big things.”
Smart advice from my niece Ellie during a beautiful day at the beach.