I remember reading a book about a young girl who wanted three things out of life: 1) to travel to faraway lands, 2) to live by the sea, and 3) to make the world a more beautiful place.
She traveled the world and bought a house by the ocean, but she didn’t know how to make the world more beautiful. For a while she was unsure what to do to make the world more beautiful, and then she had an idea. Her neighbors all thought she was crazy when they saw her scattering seeds, but then in the spring beautiful lupine flowers bloomed everywhere, bringing smiles and beauty to the neighborhood.
I think all of us at some point in our lives want to make the world “more beautiful.” There are ways of making the world a better place other than by enhancing its physical beauty, however. For example, the boy who organizes a bake sale for the local Red Cross…the high school volleyball team that volunteers to play bingo at a nursing home across town…
…Can you think of someone you consider a hero? Do you want to reward them for their kindness and courage and initiative? Why not nominate them for The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes?