If I had known then….

I can remember the moment as it was yesterday. I had listened to the Band Aid song on the radio and now watching News-round I was seeing the reasons behind it. The thousands of children starving, the thousands of parents crying for their children’s future’s, their children’s lives. I was sick to my stomach as  the tears fell down my face.

Right then and there I wanted to change the world, to make a difference.

Yet the adults around me just didn’t seem to understand. I was hearing phrases like “nothing will change it”  “we don’t have enough ourselves “or the worst “it’s not in this country”.


Even then i knew we were all children of One God.

Yet when you are young you believe these lies, you accept them as truths.

I wish I could have found one person then who had known the truth. Who would have taught me that one person no matter how young or old could make a difference.

It took me a many years to realize this.

It’s what I teach my girls now, that they can make a difference.

That they can do whatever they want.

That’s why I’m so very proud when they advocate beside me for Compassion. When they hand over there own money towards the children we sponsor.

When they stand up against their peers for something they believe in.

Challenge their friends to think beyond themselves.

I hope they never feel so defeated like I did back then.

The world is a big place and we may feel tiny but never let that stop you.

Keep questioning and never lose your compassionate hearts.

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

St. Catherine of Siena

Sponsor a Child in Jesus Name with Compassion

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