I am thankful for the over 860 people and organizations who follow the World Human Rights blog. This blog would not have been possible without you. Thank you for all the encouragement and support you all have given me. Just under a year and a half ago I began this blog after being inspired by a close friend who is a long time human rights activist and my own activism for the refugees and displaced within Syria. Other friends have also encouraged me along the way. They have helped give me the courage to speak out and to express myself. They have helped me on this new journey in life, that is only just beginning.
I plan to continue on that journey with my activism and blog on human rights issues around the world. I hope in some small way I can be an encouragement to others and help people who are struggling in life. To help give voice to the voiceless and help those too afraid to speak to find the courage to speak their voice. To lastly help encourage others in their activism, writing, and creative endeavors.
Children and young people, the oppressed, persecuted, marginalized and forgotten in society have and will continue to be my primary focus in my activism. They are who I feel the most empathy for, who I feel I can help the most, and have the greatest needs. While I feel empathy and compassion for humanity in general these populations in particular inspire such.
I think my own difficulties in life and circumstances have caused me to better identify with those struggling and suffering in life. It is like the old song “There but For A Fortune”. I am not a wealthy and fortunate man trying to give back just a poor man who has had misfortunes in life trying to help where I can. We all have something we can contribute to the world and we all can help the world in our own way.
I expect no heavenly rewards or personal profit; nor do I seek fame, fortune, or praise. I just feel I can use some of my talents to help others. Though I am not exceptionally talented or exceptional in anything, I do have some talents/positive attributes. I have some talent in writing, I love to learn, and have a big heart. These factors have been very helpful in the course of my activism. I would even say they have been essential. My writing has allowed me to express my ideas related to my activism and things I see as important. My love of learning has taught me a lot. My heart has allowed me to care enough to get involved in helping people and the world.
Each one of us has within us something that others could benefit from. We each have our own background, knowledge, experiences, personality that can allow us to help people in our own unique way. Everyone has something they can teach us, make us aware of, inspire something within us. When we are humble enough to see that within others we grow as individuals.
Find a way to use your talents to help others. You will be so much more fulfilled on an emotional level then just spending your time helping yourself. You may not be able to help someone physically or financially, but you can at least help them by making people aware of their situation and needs.
Words do not feed one starving child, stop one hardship, stop one injustice, cure one patient, make one wrong right. Same with good intentions and positive feelings no matter how wonderful. However it is what those words, good intentions, and positive feelings inspire in us and others that makes them truly powerful. That inspiration can lead to helping and changing all those things and more. It can cause people to go on knowing someone cares and is speaking for them. It can inspire people to donate their time and money to help others. It can even at times inspire people in high places to do things to drastically improve things. Never underestimate the power of words, intentions, and positive emotions to help change the world.
This Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa season is a good time to think of something you can do to help someone or some good cause. Maybe even start a blog or ask to be involved with a blog that already exist. I am currently seeking writers or contributors to the World Human Rights blog for example. Maybe you already have a blog; well now would be a good time to start covering issues about helping people in need. Who knows you just may help someone or others more than you ever realized. It will often take time to get noticed and get your blog off the ground, sometimes several months, but it will be worth it if you stick with it. I can’t promise you success of whatever goal you set out with or getting to wherever you hoped to. I can promise however the more you learn and the more effort you put into your blog and activism the more you will get out of it.
We each have something to offer the world. We need to only discover what that is, and then spend time sharing it with the world.
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Alan Curtis Montgomery