Little Things, Big Things

“I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.”

— Warren Buffett

A few thoughts about little things as we visited one of the biggest things ever to happen to the United States – Mt. St. Helen’s.

  • In 10 seconds Mt. St. Helen’s blew off it’s northern flank, forever altering the world.
  • The 2011 Japanese earthquake took 3-5 minutes and wiped out billions of dollars.
  • Bobby Thompson’s home run took about 3 seconds to leave the park.
  • 80 cents can buy a family of 4 food for a day in rural Bangladesh.
  • In Portland, 2 hour TriMet ride ticket for a senior citizen costs $1.
  • A post card for a soldier serving in Afghanistan, or a child with a terminal illness costs less than $1 including stamp.
  • $1 will buy a sandwich at McDonald’s or Burger King or Wendy’s. A homeless person isn’t picky.
  • Volunteering your time still costs exactly $0.

It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to make things happen. But nothing will happen if you don’t act.

Yesterday’s gift of time … Sent a couple of post cards from Mt. St. Helen’s. One to a soldier, one to a sick child. 

Bonus today – These two photos were taken at the same spot, 20 minutes apart, at Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mt. St. Helens. 20 minutes made a huge difference.

Photo #1 of our kids taken from the Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mt. St. Helens.

Photo #2 … 20 minutes later.

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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