The world is a mess. That’s an understatement, to be sure. Our problems are so overwhelming that it might be easy to fall into despair and think there’s not anything that can be done to fix things. The good news is that though none of us can fix everything in the world, we each can repair our small corner of it and be confident that it does make a difference.
There is an old saying that if you cast your bread upon the waters, it will come back to you many times over. In other words, I fervidly believe that if each of us do good in this world in some small seemingly insignificant way, then the effects are cumulative and magnified, and the results reach places we could never have imagined.
So where do I find my corner in this messed up world? I am finding mine in a garden. If you have followed me for a while, you know that I volunteer in a community garden that grows food for a local pantry that distributes to those in need. My creaky old knees don’t allow me to do a lot of heavy lifting or digging, but I can harvest, pull weeds, and water.
This work in a community setting has had an effect in my personal realm. I am eating more healthfully by adopting a more plant-based diet. No, I have not become a vegan —yet— but relying more on plants for food is better for the environment.
Is my working in the garden going to eliminate hunger and poverty? Well, at least for one person or two it may. Is my not eating meat going to end the global climate crisis? No, but it may lead to one less cow emitting methane to the atmosphere– which might put a tiny, tiny dent in it.
Call me Pollyanna-ish, but inaction on my part is not an option for me. I am going to keep casting that bread.