Poverty – a word we hear far too much of and do little to overcome. Poverty – a word that conjures up images of the homeless, the starving, the empty-handed, the ones on the side of the street we hide our eyes from each day. Poverty – a word at the center of countless stories we haven’t yet heard.
There are extreme cases and there are those that aren’t as prominent in the media that are just as heart wrenching, and today’s a day we are reminded to take action.
My idol, Audrey Hepburn, had a favorite poem written by Sam Levenson that read:
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
This is my reminder that though poverty is an issue that seems too large to overcome, we can all fight it in our own way.
This post is my contribution to Blog Action Day 2008. This year’s topic is poverty.