The events in Japan have been absolutely horrific. I have watched the news and seen so much devastation and need, it is overwhelming at the though of it. I attended a fundraiser last night for an organization near and dear to my heart and felt good for contributing. But, I did not feel really that good. I felt I helped in a small way, but I didn’t really make a difference by my single contribution. It was only a little bit of money, which is something that is in short supply in a new law firm. Also, that really may sound funny to some, especially in these difficult financial times. But, as the wise words of Tom Brokaw illustrates, is just a little bit of money really making a difference? Don’t get me wrong – it is critical to contribute and a bunch of people even giving a little can make a difference. But, I think that we need to challenge ourselves even more.
Attorneys are required to “volunteer” by way of appointments from the Court. In many of these cases, I have felt that I made the world of difference in the lives of children as a Guardian ad Litem. The joy and satisfaction I get in helping these children is immeasurable. Now, I am looking to make the same difference in the lives of just one of these earthquake/tsunami/nuclear fallout victims. I would ask you to contemplate how you, too, could truly make a difference in just one person’s life. It doesn’t have to be the Japanese and it doesn’t have to be cash money. But, the rewards you will make to another (and to yourself) may just change your whole outlook.