Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, something most of us can only imagine. He passed at age 82 following open heart surgery. Even though he accomplished great things, he shied away from media attention.
His family has requested, “For those who ask how they can honor Neil, we have a simple request to honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty. The next time you walk out a on a clear night and see the moon smiling down on you, think of Neal Armstrong and give him a wink.”
Most places are in need of more people willing to provide volunteer services. There are many places and organizations that need assistance this can be done: foster child organizations, animal shelters and animal rescues, soup kitchens, sports need coaches and referees, low income medical or dental clinics, and homeless shelters just to name a few. But, you can also do things on your own. That kid on your street may need some homework help, the neighborhood would look better if weeds were cut from the abandoned house on your block, local churches are always looking for volunteers for their own parish or a community need they fill.
Hopefully Neil Armstrong’s family request will inspire more people to volunteer. San Bernardino, CA has filed for municpal bankruptcy and I hope this is the case for them. Residents collaborating to make things better, or doing it on their own.
As Dr. Suess says, “Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” This was true in Thneedville, and is true in today’s society. Live your life with intention. Plant a seed of hope in your city. Be a volunteer.