We Are All Sparrows

House-Sparrow-1My friend Maria Hoehn, a professor at Vassar, helped organize an event last night to get the Vassar community to think about how they might help with the Syrian refugee crisis.

Every day for some time now, the Syrians who are fleeing their country have been on my mind too. But what I might do seems paltry when compared to the vast need. And frankly, when the need is so great and my means and energy so minuscule, it’s easy to do nothing!

But this morning, when I spoke with Maria, she told me the little fable she used to begin the event at Vassar.

A horse was cantering along and saw a little sparrow lying in a field with it’s legs up. The horse stopped to investigate and said, “Sparrow, why are you lying on your back with your legs up in the air?”

The sparrow replied, “I’ve heard that the sky is going to fall and I’m holding it up.”

The horse, puzzled, asked, “Why, sparrow, do you really think your skinny little legs will hold up the sky?”

To which the sparrow replied, “I do what I can.”

We must each be a sparrow and do what we can to help.

If you are looking for a simple, immediate way you can help, make a gift through this Kickstarter Campaign. It’s easy–a few buttons to click and a bit of money to give.

It may not be much, but it’s something.

Please forward this to your friends and encourage them, like the sparrow, to do what they can do.