SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: Take the time today to make a difference

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With so much being said in the world today about the need for change, there is nothing easier than changing your accessibility to giving a helping hand.

Whether it is giving a few dollars to your favorite charity, volunteering your time to coach or to be a mentor at your church, the possibility for change is never ending when adults give to those in need. Volunteerism is the straw that will stir the drink of change.

I know many will read this and think, "There is not enough time in the day for me to add anything more to my plate."

The truth is there is always something that can be done. There is so much infighting between Americans right now and the only losers are the youth, "the leader's of tomorrow."

We need to take a step back and realize that no matter what age, religion or political party we claim, we all share the blanket and freedoms of the wonderful United States. The only dream that can come true is tomorrow and if we don't prepare, tomorrow could be a nightmare. To this I say: Get active and get involved.

It will do our souls wonders to see a smile on the face of a child who has never picked up a baseball bat and hits the ball for the first time or to show a child how to take pencil to paper and make a picture or a poem for an ailing friend or loving mother. .

We can make a difference in children's lives on a local level by volunteering. Help out where you feel comfortable and you will be able to add something to the children of our community.

There are many options locally for us to go and offer our services -- the Children's Museum of Walla Walla, a dance studio, the YMCA or the schools. Volunteer where your passion takes you.

What you may find is that you are doing more for yourself than that child. In actuality, it will make a lasting impression on that child because they will realize that someone does care and wants to help them.

No matter how one person may feel their success is their own, every level of human growth can be attributed to something learned from someone who has walked these same paths before.

There are those who we find constantly in trouble or battling the law or the "establishment" more often than not, they are those who have not had positive role models or have only been shown only the negative in life.

They have never been shown the beauty of a baseball field on an early Saturday morning with the dew of the night frost still glistening and the smell of fresh cut grass or the camaraderie that is so apparent in team sports or group activities.

If we are to make a difference in the children of tomorrow, we must sacrifice time today.

Nic Wiese has worked at the YMCA for the last 10 years and has been involved with the Y since he was a child. He currently works in membership sales and youth sports.

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