The theme of the Rose Parade this year was Make a Difference and so was the last episode of the year on 60 Minutes. The idea is trending. Considering how all of last year centered on our “It’s all about me” “leader” what could be more appropriate? As Baby Boomers, we have life experience and wisdom to help those younger than us live a better future.
The Tournament of Roses Parade – Make a Difference
While most of America was freezing its keister’s off, Pasadena was enjoying 75-degree weather. There couldn’t have been a better day to have the parade. I don’t live far away but haven’t been out to see it since I was a kid because of the crowds and prefer watching it on my couch, pre-recorded. After a long morning walk in the sunshine (sorry to all of you who live back East) I settled in to watch with a nice cup of coffee.
Gary Sinise was the Grand Marshall and he was a wonderful choice. He’s done so much to make a difference in the world, especially for Veterans. The floats were spectacular, as always, and showed off the many ways people were doing good work all over the country. Some of the winner’s themes included:
- Honoring Hometown Heroes
- Making it Safe for All
- Books Bring Dreams to Life
- Rising Above
- Sacrifice to Serve
- Caring for our Sea
- Serving Kindness
- Planting the Seeds of Service
- Caring for Kids All Over the World
After it was over, I couldn’t help feeling hopeful that we could overcome the negativity despite the fact funding for so many programs is being cut.
Goodness will prevail
Last year was brutal with hurricanes, fires, and shootings but we saw people make a difference in big ways. I believe people are realizing that the best way to combat the daily onslaught of nasty vitriol is to focus on doing good because it will win in the end.
Humans are humans no matter who they are
I reject the idea of Making America First. We are already the biggest superpower in the world, although our power is diminishing fast as we cut alliances with our allies. We are all part of the human experience so it doesn’t make sense to isolate ourselves from others who share space with us on Planet Earth. A Syrian child, North Korean farmer or African widow has a heart, a family, and needs to eat in order to live. They aren’t dispensable.
The little things add up
You don’t have to have a lot of money to make a difference in the world. It can start with something simple like picking up a piece of trash or reading to disadvantaged children. I applaud 60 Minutes, CNN Heroes, and other organizations that recognize those who have gone beyond the call of duty in service to others. It’s not that they need or even want recognition, but because it serves as an example to young people who do not have the best role models right now to emulate. Success in anything, whether it’s business, government, or running a charitable organization starts with the person at the top. If they lack ethics, compassion, and do not respect those beneath them, they are doomed to fail.
Don’t let the negativity, bullying, and nastiness get you down. Step up and find a way to make a difference even in a small way. Humanity will thank you.
What will you do to make a difference in the world this year? Please leave a comment below.