The beginning of a new day

This is the beginning of a new day. I have been given this day to use as I will.

I can waste it, or use it for good, but what I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it!

When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded for it.

I want it to be gain, and not loss; good and not evil; success and not failure; in order that I shall not regret the price I have paid for it.

I will try just for today, for you never fail until you stop trying.

Words from an unknown author should remind us all to begin this day with a determination to make a difference in the lives of others and, thus, make a difference in our own.

Today really is important, and how we use it can shape so many tomorrows for so many people.

Won’t you use this day for good?

Volunteer. There are countless ways to give of your time: why not spend time at a senior center or pay a visit to one of the assisted living centers in the area, bringing a smile to an elderly person who yearns for company?

Join one of the many civic clubs in Sampson County, offering your time and talents to the many service projects they support each year, projects that help others and improve the quality of life for all.

Help at a food bank. The time spent packing bags of staple items will mean that someone who has perhaps gone without a meal will sit down to a good one tonight.

Get involved in church. There are dozens upon dozens of churches throughout Sampson County, places of worship that offer welcoming arms to individuals from all walks of life. They are places, too, where many outreach activities go on, opportunities to help people at home and abroad, spreading love to a world so desperately in need of it.

Mentor a child. There are so many youth among us today without solid role models or support systems upon which to rely. It is, we believe, at the root of many of society’s problems today. Minus people to teach them right from wrong, to love them, cheer them on and show them the way, young people often stray, searching for a place to belong. Just a little of our time can make a difference. All it takes is giving it.

Offer a stranger a kind word and a smile. Sometimes it takes very little to make a difference. Just walking down the street and greeting a passer-by with a warm hello can turn a bad day into one of hope and joy. But it takes looking up from our phones and getting our heads in the game of life to make those kinds of differences.

This is the beginning of a new day. Opportunities wait just outside your door.Won’t you use this one for good?