May 30, 2008 Weekend Challenge: It’s a Small World After All…

We always seem to say, “It’s a small world.”

But the things that are happening within our own country and abroad can seem so far away, because it may not be happening to us here at home. I know many people who just don’t want to know. They have great hearts, but stories of tragedies just cause them too much pain.

The definition of Apathy is a state of indifference — where an individual has an absence of interest or concern to certain aspects of emotional, social, or physical life.

The words, apathy and indifference are powerful. Question: Is it just as bad to be indifferent about child slavery than to be the one to sell the child? If we know about it, and do nothing, what does that make us?

It can be overwhelming.

I am overwhelmed all the time about such subjects as child slavery, genocide, and the state of our our own foster care system. I can’t ignore it, because I know it’s happening. Then the ongoing questions start popping in my head: What can I do? Who am I to do anything about what is happening today in Darfur? How can I help the woman escaping North Korea? How can I help wounded soldiers and their families here at home? It can go on all day.

Then I take a breath.

Because I know the first step out of indifference and apathy is knowledge. So everyday, I read the news. I start with CNN, then to BBC and lastly, to Reuters. Because the saying, “Knowledge is Power” is the first step of exiting our own “cul-de-sac” mentality. Our small world becomes large. Then once you make that connection to the Mother who lost her family to war in the Congo, or to the child that was sold into slavery by their parents, the world can become small once again.

It comes full circle.

So today’s challenge is simply to read. Read about our world and what is happening to our global brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, and most importantly to our children. Take that first step. Make the connection and believe that it is a small world after all.

Rocky Sig

9 Responses to “May 30, 2008 Weekend Challenge: It’s a Small World After All…”

  1. Sarah Cooper May 30, 2008 at 10:19 am #

    Yes ma’am. When we had an exchange student I could see the change in my kids, Japan suddenly seemed so close, and it mattered what happened there. Still does.

    Would be nice to have everyone feel that way about the whole world.

  2. DianeAurit May 30, 2008 at 10:42 am #

    Beautiful Rocky….such an inspiration to us all and a constant reminder to keep trying to make a difference!

  3. Dale Chumbley May 31, 2008 at 10:36 am #

    Thanks for the reminder! I sing this song to my daughter every night at bedtime. Tonight the words may feel a little more special. Keep challenging us!

  4. Lisa (TotallyTart) June 1, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    I feel so blessed to have found this wonderful site, you are a wonderful inspiration for all. Thank you for being you…Lisa

  5. Dale Chumbley June 2, 2008 at 8:33 pm #

    Rocky,

    I wanted to follow up on this. For the last three nights my 10 year old daughter and I have talked about different parts of the world and closed our eyes imagining things there as I sing this.

    First night she chose Zimbabwe. Last night Honduras and tonight we chose Myanmar. This has been an amazing lesson. This simple act has created even more awareness to our surroundings. My daughter by nature is very caring and has a servants heart. This is only expanding that in her.

    When I asked her what she imagined tonight I got the following:

    * World of laughter: kids will continue to play and find joy even in bad times.
    * World of tears: As family members found out about the deaths of loved ones they cried.
    * World of hopes: As people came to try and rescue them they had hope.
    * World of fear: As the cyclone rushed toward them, they had to be in fear.

    Pretty profound for a 10 year old huh? Thank you again for the challenge and I look forward to how this moves in all of us more desire to get out and do what we can to help.

    Blessings to you!

    Dale

  6. HeadMutha June 2, 2008 at 8:59 pm #

    Dale,

    You have an amazing daughter! Now, that’s inspiring!

  7. Karen Moorhead June 3, 2008 at 12:20 am #

    Rocky,

    My good friend is delivering nets to Niger, Africa in a couple weeks and we are raising money for her to deliver the nets. She is volunteer for a couple days in a hospital and then spending time with her two oldest kids showing them the country she loves.

    She was in the Peace Corp and still knows the African language she spoke and now she is a doctor and returning to give back to the people again. She loves Africa.

    I’m honored just to know her and be able to help in this great cause. I’m so glad I realized your cause and I look forward to reading more of your site as well as your causes.

  8. HeadMutha June 3, 2008 at 8:18 pm #

    Karen,

    Thanks for stopping by. I wish I could go with her! Do you think she would let me do a post on her? Please let me know!!

    Thanks,

    Rocky

  9. Karen Moorhead June 7, 2008 at 2:45 am #

    I am sure she would. I will talk with her tomorrow. E mail me and then I’ll have your e mail. I’d like to send you an attachment of the fundraiser we are doing for nets for her.

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