It can be frustrating when others don’t share our passion about something. When we see an injustice and want to correct it, why doesn’t everyone see it and want to shout from the rooftops with us?
We’ve each got to shout about our own thing.
Recently a friend asked that I donate to a cause. It’s a cause I follow and care about, but it isn’t my cause. As she asked I thought about all the good a check of the same size could do for my charity of choice, and I said, “no.” And I did so completely guilt free. I know she and people like her are taking care of business over there so that I can focus on what needs to be done in another place.
I’m thrilled that there are people who take care of abandoned and abused animals, who write eloquent letters to encourage our legislators to support equality, or who act to create services for children in our community. To them and so many more, thank you. While you’re working on that, I’ll worry about Africa, young mothers, clean water, and a natural food supply.
Oh, I want you to know all about the work that stirs passion in me, but I know you may not change where your money flows, how you spend your volunteer time, or what food you consume. It’s OK. It’s my passion, not yours.
Whatever it is that moves your heart to action, go make a difference. Please. We can’t all do everything, so we must do the few things that really matter to us personally. Also remember, when I don’t get fired up about something like you do, it’s not that I don’t care. It’s just that I’m working to make a difference somewhere else.