Tonight, I was thinking about a lot of different things. The thought pattern just goes from one leap to the next.
I was considering how much I love it… when you take an Oxygen atom, and plunk it together with a couple of Hydrogens. Ahhhh… at the beautiful Atomic Weight of 18, we have Water.
Yes I love the water. To swim in it. To be around it. Shower in it. To drink it. I love the rain… even when it seems we are getting too much. The water loves us. We are lucky… very lucky… to have water. Without water, we would not have life.
Which then brought me to the next thought. Water gives us life….. and that life matters. All life matters. Black, white, yellow, tan, and brown lives matter. Female lives, male lives. Young and old. Tall, fat, skinny, round, and short lives. We all matter. Each of us, while very unique…. are all very much the same in this existence. This world. We all are created equal. We all should have a chance. To have good clean water and everything else.
I just reflected on this, because tonight we attended a Holiday Dinner. It was for the staff of the HIT Foundation, here in Preble County, Ohio. About 12 years ago, or so… Mary asked me what I thought about starting such an organization as HIT. I told her it was a great idea, and I would support the effort in any way that I could.
She took the ball and ran with. And now, more than a decade later, I sat in a room filled with incredible people, who have dedicated their work, and more…. to other people’s lives.
The Mission Statement…. is “everyone in Preble County should have a decent place to live.”
They are committed to making this true. Give people a chance to live. To make their way in a decent place… a place to call home. Much like water gives life. The people in that room tonight are devoted to giving goodness to lives. Lives that matter.
What a world in which we live. Thanks to people like the folks at the HIT Foundation.
And thanks to a couple of hydrogens… hanging out with an oxygen.
Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr (American author, 1940-)
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.