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Joseph J. Mazzella: You can change the world

I changed the world today. It happened while I was driving home after going to the store with my son. I was just about to pull onto the side road that leads to my house when my handicapped son laughed in the back seat.

I glanced in the rearview mirror to see his smiling face and then made the turn a little bit faster than normal. As soon as I did, I saw a big dog walking down the road in my lane. Not having time to down shift, I slammed on the brakes, screeched to a halt, and killed the engine in my car in the process.

As I sat there waiting for my heart rate to return to normal, the yellow dog stared at me calmly. I recognized the dog immediately as a neighbor's pet. I had often seen their little boy hugging and playing with the dog in their front yard.

I rolled down my window and sternly told the pooch to go home. The huge dog looked at me for a second more then trotted away happily to the dog's front porch while I restarted my car and thanked God for giving me a fast foot when I needed it.

Now you may ask how stomping on my brakes changed the world. My answer is that one little boy will be hugging his dog instead of crying into his pillow tonight. You see, most of us look for some big thing we can do to change the world or our lives, but I think Heaven keeps track of all the little things we do in our lives.

And it is those little things that do change this world day-by-day and moment-by-moment.

You can change the world, too. You can fill your life with acts of kindness and God's love every day.

You may not be able to end world hunger, but you can donate 50 pounds of food and keep a family from starving this month. You may not be able to bring peace to the world, but you can bring your peaceful spirit to the world around you.

You may not be able to drive the hate and darkness from every human heart, but you can forever share the love and light in yours.

Mazzella is a writer who lives in Upper Glade.


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