You can change the world... today. Right now. No waiting. I'm serious.
Let me tell you how I did. it all started when I was stuck at a road construction site just outside Williamstown, Massachusetts, on Route 2, about 10 miles over on the New York side. I think that it was Grafton, New York.
They are rebuilding a bridge on Route 2 just after the intersection with Route 7. Somehow, I was first in line and the flagger (a man) looked like he was frying. I gave him a Pepsi and he was very very appreciative. He had told me that I would have to wait about 15 minutes, but suddenly decided to wave me on.
Of course, on the other end of the bridge, a Goddess was standing. She laughed and smiled at me and asked me how I got there. I said that the guy had waived me through, perhaps because I gave him a drink and I offered her one for herself.
She just took water and gave me a smile that thrilled me from head to toe. As I drove off, I thought that maybe I had discovered something (that should be obvious) about people.
After the bridge, there was a big sign for a detour, which I thought was a Route 2 detour. I said my goodbye and headed off to followe the signs. It was a glourious day and I was enjoying the sunshine and the other side of the Purple Valley (I don't know what valley it is but it's just a magnificent) and talking on my cell phone and don't you know that my driving brought me aroound in a big circle-- right back to the Goddess.
Well, at that point, I wasn't going to question fate, so i got out and started talking. I left her and her crew with a case of Iced Tea (about $6). I got her name and thought that perhaps when I came back over Route 2, I'd try to find her again..
It was that week when temperatures soared over 100 degrees in the shade. Can you imagine working in the full sun on such a day without at least a gallon of water each? Having run three marathons in the past, and having seen the effects of heat prostration, I went back each of the next few days- with cases of beer and iced tea and bags of ice and salt (from Mythbusters--ice, water and salt cool off drinks in the shortest possible time).
I got to know the crew, who told me many interesting things about the Goddess, some I can't share with you. Others were more benign, such as pointing out her car as she was headed out for the day.
The rest, as we say, is history....Well anyway, it will be history. I started "National Bring a Drink To Someone Who Looks hot" day and called a couple of radio stations with my idea. I got on the air on a few of them and everyone seemed to think it was a great idea.
I don't know how many people actually took up the idea but.... I think that it's a pretty powerful one... offering help to whoever needs it. Simple things-- water, a smile, a kind word, an ear to listen.
It's so simple and we don't have to wait for any governments to implement it. We can change the world.