There are very few people in this world that I truly look up to.
I’m not talking ‘idolize’ or ‘simper at their feet’ kind of thing.
I mean look up to. Want to emulate.
A while ago my husband and I were invited along a friend’s path to meet Tom Jackson and his wife, Alison.
We didn’t know what to expect. We just entered with respect, from what we heard about them already, and with honor, as we were entrusted to enter their world with dignity and true friendship. No question.
We were more than received. We were held by this incredible couple.
We have been friends ever since, and we hold this friendship dear to our hearts.
You see, this man of self-less means, born into a family who welcomed people warmly, CHOSE to rise up and make a difference.
He CHOSE to CREATE change!
The woman who stands beside him balances him.
Together they emanate unity, compassion and love for mankind.
A love that, I feel, the world is missing more than any other.
Among MANY incredible milestones and awards for his presence on this planet, the one that stands out for me is that he has been instrumental in generating approximately $200 million in combined cash/in-kind value for food banks and disaster relief!
That’s ALOT of food!
That’s ALOT of in-kindness!
And I wonder, what is at the tips of MY fingers that I can start creating change?
Who around me needs a warm meal, a warm bed, a coat, a blanket, a hug, a smile, an ear, a cup of tea, a note, a song or a chance?
Who around me is touched by something overwhelming that a little help from my ‘cup of plenty’ can allow them to make a difference where it counts to them?
I choose to look.
I choose to create.
And in the words of the ‘Big Guy’ himself: “You don’t have to change the whole world, you just have to change your world, and the rest will follow.” Tom Jackson
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