On December 29, 2016, I mentioned that I normally have lunch at my desk. While doing so, I often watch a Ted Talk ( http://www.ted.com ). A few weeks later (2/5/17), I shared with you some of my favorite Ted Talks.
I just had lunch at my desk (avocado and green pea soup plus a few squares of 72% dark chocolate). And I watched a Ted Talk that had me pulling out my handkerchief. Do me a favor. Watch https://www.ted.com/talks/sophie_andrews_the_best_way_to_help_is_often_just_to_listen#t-851577 The presentation is 14 minutes and 24 seconds. And worth your investment of time.
The presenter, Sophie Andrews, speaks of her personal experience with two 24/7 lifeline organizations in the UK — Samaritans and The Silver Line. She speaks of the agonizing desperation of people who are abused, alone, depressed. And she speaks of how an army of volunteers in the UK are there — to help address this painful problem. By listening. Offering shoulders to lean on. It’s not the government (don’t get me started on that). It’s individuals — like most of you who are reading this post — who step up. Listen. Act. And make a difference in the world.