Heart Felt

Read a great quote by Daniel Patrick Moynihan longtime senator of New York (1977-2001) pre-Hillary.

“To be Irish, is to know that in the end the world will break your heart.”

This was right on the heels of Carmela leaving my life as well as learning of the passing of a friend.

I think you don’t necessarily have to be Irish to have this sentiment.  Italians, Jews, Greeks, Latinos…we are all such passionate people with hearts that, no matter how hard we try, won’t stay shut.

So much concerns me these days.  Big things like oil spills, and small ones like the kid next store coming home after school to an empty house.  He’s 9 and his single mom needs to work, but still, wouldn’t it be great if she were there waiting in the doorway?

Seals coated with petroleum while rescue workers try valiantly to help them.  Polar bears clinging to ice barely holding on.  I keep getting postings about the animals in Nepal after the earthquake.  How does one go about making a difference while our planet systematically implodes?

A woman I know named Diane who heads DAWGS, an animal rescue in Dawn, Texas says, you save them one at a time.

My friend Jennifer Panton who leads the United Action for Animals claims, there’s no time to save them one at a time.

What about a little boy climbing those stairs around 3 every day, his backpack filled with books and questions with hopefully at least a snack waiting on the kitchen counter.

Where does the difference, as small as it may be, count, when the world ultimately breaks your heart?

Forgive me when I say, I really don’t know.

SB

 

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About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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20 Responses to Heart Felt

  1. You have a big heart, Susannah. It makes me wish I had all the answers, and the power, to make all those concerns that you, me, and everyone else has, just disappear. ;o)

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  2. micklively says:

    I know you make a difference Susannah. That’s all anyone can ask of you. You can’t solve the world’s problems: no-one can.

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  3. It’s like walking around with weights on our hearts.

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  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, just think of all the animals that light up when they see you, and all the joy you brought to Carmela’s life. And the many kindnesses you spread throughout your city to people that are happy to just have their existence acknowledged. Need proof? Just remember how a kind word or deed from someone else uplifts you. I guess I belong to the group who believes one act a time makes a difference.

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    • Beautifully put Skinny. Was just thinking of Carmela. I still miss her so. And we will continue to try to make that difference, tiny as it may be, one act at a time. Thanks for writing.

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  5. Elle Knowles says:

    Such compassion in your heart Susannah. You show it with each word you write! ~Elle

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  6. Reminds me of the story of the guy walking on the beach tossing stranded starfish in the ocean. Someone came along and asked what he was doing as it wouldn’t make a difference with so many stranded. As the guy tossed one into the ocean, he said, “It made a difference for that one!” Some people are destined to make a difference in lives one at a time. There are other people who can work at a higher level to change regulations and such. We need both. Grab that starfish Susannah!

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  7. That is the worst, Susannah, when you see a need and know what needs to be done to fix it but don’t have the means or resources. I have a situation like that at work now, where I know exactly what needs to be done to make it better for all parties, but it can’t happen for logistical reasons and so everyone suffers. Life is frustrating sometimes, but we do what we can and we fight the current when we have the strength. Stay strong!
    -David

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    • I like…fight the current. That’s exactly right David. Hopefully the situation you describe will heal in some way. Thanks for reading. Always humbling to be read.

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      • Well, I’ve got a meeting about it all on Monday, so here’s hoping. As for the line about fighting the current, it’s from my latest novel. The mother is very accepting of everything even though the daughter wants to fight things. But when they’re in a bad spot, the mother says, “We can’t help what the river of life brings us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fight against the current.” That’s not much context, but you get the idea.

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      • People say things…they are just words ephemerally passing through. Happy about your progress. You are such a fine write David.

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